"Mona Winks," by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw, surveys art in 20 of Europe's top museums. It explains how to avoid miles of twisting hallways and boring exhibits, and details a collection of self-guided tours in text, room maps and where-to-start diagrams. Descriptions and reproductions of the treasures won't turn you into an art historian but should enhance your knowledge.
The guide will serve as a quick introduction to the art, including supplemental information on the artists and their styles. The humor and opinions in the text will leave you enlightened but not overwhelmed. Museums and cultural areas in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Rome and Madrid are described. Other details include hours, admission costs, services and food (John Muir: $14.95).