My published books on art and art history

Great Paintings Explained

Imagine walking into an art gallery and looking at a painting. What does it mean? What is it trying to say? This book will help you answer these questions.

From paintings by Botticelli to Van Gogh, Great Paintings Explained explores what the pictures actually show by delving into the myths, symbolism and stories behind fifteen different works of art.

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Great Paintings Explained by Christopher P Jones
How to Read Paintings by Christopher Jones

How to Read Paintings

How to Read Paintings provides a fascinating analysis of fifteen paintings made in the Western tradition. From works by Raphael to Klimt, Dürer to Monet, this wide-ranging book looks at what the pictures actually show, including their symbolism, stories and composition.

“How to Read Paintings is an excellent book. Christopher Jones style of writing is engaging and inspiring. A very interesting book – highly recommended!” ★★★★★ recent reviewer

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A beginner’s overview to the history of styles in Western art, from Medieval to Contemporary art?

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Essential Guide to Artistic Styles in Western Art History