Hughes is an intelligent art historian who can get his point across without the need for intellectual smoke and mirrors.
One day, I'll return to his Goya biography and try again to reread it.
As for DJ's posting (and related to Mr. Hughes), I once had his hardcover book of American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America
(1st edition). Loved flipping through it.
No idea where the book is now and I'm frustrated that the NYPL has no will in ever getting the series on DVD. Never got a chance to see it when PBS first aired it. Probably will get a paperback version of the book to replace my long gone copy.