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Art historian, critic, novelist, artist. Author of How To Read Paintings:

Artworks that opened up new ways of experiencing the world

IKB 191 (1962), monochromatic painting by Yves Klein. Source Wikimedia Commons

Twittering Machine by Paul Klee (1922)

A personal journey to the Paris of the Impressionist master

Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare (1877) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago, US. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Five of the best duration-based artworks

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Claude Monet’s Seasonal Snapshots

Hints for reading symbolism in paintings, from mirrors to arrows

The Toilet of Venus (‘The Rokeby Venus’) 1644 by Diego Velázquez. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons


A monumental fresco that explores medieval beliefs in death and the afterlife

Triumph of Death (c. 1350) by Buonamico Buffalmacco. Fresco. Camposanto Monumentale (“monumental cemetery”), Pisa, Italy. Image Source Wikimedia Commons

An exploration of missing pieces and lost memories

Black Square (1915), by Kazimir Malevich. Source Wikimedia Commons

The ghosts of negative spaces

Ideas for sustainable success as a writer

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How things have gone for me so far

Recommended reading in the history of art, photography and architecture

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On Photography by Susan Sontag

The remarkable endurance art of Tehching Hsieh

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It’s like meeting up with old friends

Detail of ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ (1601) by Caravaggio. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons

Christopher P Jones

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