The appreciation of the art of the Old Masters begins with the pure visual attraction to a painted surface, but this allure only grows when one let in on the secrets embedded within the imagery depicted. How to Read a Painting serves as an essential guide to these symbols, dissecting the themes and narrative so often revived in Old Master paintings and yet somewhat disconnected from our modern existence. Packed with over 1,000 full-color images, this book is a perfect companion for the curious mind or the avid museumgoer.