The world's greatest masterpieces explored and explained. "Great Paintings" takes you on your own personal gallery tour of over 60 of the world's best-loved paintings. From works by Botticelli and Raphael to Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, the book covers the paintings that have shaken the art world across centuries and across continents. The story behind each painting is told, unlocking hidden meanings and symbols and over 700 photographs bring the pictures to life helping you understand the key features, composition and techniques that have made these paintings stand out. Plus, biographies of the artists provide the background to each art work helping you paint your own picture of the historical and social context behind each masterpiece. "Great Paintings" is a beautiful guide to the paintings that have changed the world, both familiar and new. It really is like having a gallery of all the great paintings at your fingertips.