Covers of the Week #52

jean monti

Artist: Jean Monti

Last year on Twitter, @ArtoftheClinch posted images of a few charming covers. To me, they appeared similar in style. Subsequently, this led me on an internet search to discover a “new” artist, Jean Monti.

Back in the 1990s, Monti worked as a book illustrator for several NY city publishers. Within a span of ten years or so, she created about 100 romance covers.

Born into a large family in Rhode Island, Monti stood out for her talent in artistry. After high school, she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She painted beautiful covers for romance novels for a brief period. Then she focused on her family life.

Later, she had a stellar career as a fine artist. She would go on to paint for many years, to much success.

This is according to her website:

Fine artist Jean Monti is a nationally recognized painter, specializing in contemporary oil paintings of women and children…Monti, owner of Monti Studio, is a nationally recognized, published, award-winning fine artist. Jean’s work is recognized for her innate talent and exquisite use of light, which became a trademark for her paintings.


The Covers

Monti’s artwork has a decidedly “Spring” vibe to it. So, for the week of Monday, April 4, 2022, to Sunday, April 10, 2022, we’ll be looking at the sweet romantic stylings of covers illustrated by Jean Monti.

secret jewel monti
Secret Jewel, Sonya T. Pelton, Zebra, 1994
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About Jacqueline Diaz

Old-School, retro, and vintage romance reads are my jam, baby! The good, the bad, the cheesy, and the sleazy! I have no shame about it; I love ’em! An auto-didact, amateur historian, and reader of romance novels since 1990, I hope to offer a unique perspective on the genre. As a blogger, you may know me by several names; here, I’m Jacqueline Diaz. I’m also the aspiring author of two works-in-progress, historical romances, The Savage Noble and What She Says with Her Eyes, which hopefully will be released in 2023.

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