The Story of Art

January 18, 2020 - Comment

“ The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and

The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over four decades. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, and one who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

For the first time in many years the book has been completely redesigned. The illustrations, now in color throughout, have all been improved and reoriginated, and include six fold‐outs. The text has been revised and updated where appropriate, and a number of significant new artists have been incorporated. The bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and the maps and charts redrawn.

The Story of Art has always been admired for two key qualities: it is a pleasure to read and a pleasure to handle. In these respects the new edition is true to its much‐loved predecessors: the text runs as smoothly as ever and the improved illustrations are always on the page where the reader needs them. In its new edition, this classic work continues its triumphant progress tirelessly for yet another generation, to remain the title of first choice for any newcomer to art or the connoisseur.

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Anonymous says:

Highly recommended- read this before you visit the great museums This is a monumental work. After touring the Louvre, the Orsay, the Met and others I realized that I was just an art tourist. I’d wander around and enjoy what I was looking at but lacking any understanding of it. So, I bought this book to learn the basic history of art. Now, I need to return to the museums to give a new look at what I’ve seen before using my new knowledge. One thing I loved about it was discovering so many artists that I either didn’t know about or didn’t really appreciate…

Anonymous says:

A great place to start, and a great place to revisit. The title says it all: this is a Story of Western art through the eyes of one man. It does not claim to be definitive, and its smaller size (compared to say, Janson) precludes large reproductions, but all the images are in color and are sharp.It was written over 70 years ago, in a style more relaxed and more personal than more modern texts. (A great exception being Bazin’s “Baroque and Rococo.”) Some of its scholarship is of course outdated, but as an introduction it can’t be beat; and to…

Anonymous says:

I love all his books all his books feel like friends to me, I am always sad one is ending. a very sweet and comprehensive review of the history of art for beginners and everyone else, and for all ages. he doesn’t only tell the history, but the story of the evolution of the art, but makes it brief enough that it never gets boring. the relevant and high-quality colored images are specifically helpful and makes the book even more enjoyable.

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