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The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
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The Story of Art (original 1950; edition 1995)

by E.H. Gombrich (Author)

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" 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. "… (more)
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Title:The Story of Art
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Info:Phaidon Press (1995), Edition: 16, 688 pages
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The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich (1950)

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had 2; gave 1977 edition to UGA
  AbneyLibri | Mar 15, 2020 |
This has sat around for over a year looking daunting on the shelf. It's size implying weeks of effort. I needn't have worried. This is Gombrich: erudite, approachable and informative and oh so readable. He's the stereotype of the kindly and informed grandpa.

I was sad that he didn't mirror the visual arts with snippets of the aural, but that's being sad about something that the book isn't. Instead, I got a whistlestop tour of a few thousand years of architecture that I've already mostly forgot. It does feel though that, like [Little History of the World] that the chapters are short and contained enough, that I'll read a snippet for a refresher for the rest of my life.
  thenumeraltwo | Feb 11, 2020 |
É de índole conservadora, publicado pela primeira vez em 1950 e basicamente destinado a quem tenha pouco contato formal anterior com a história da arte. O gosto de Gombrich não se desvia do padrão, com um enfoque maior em arte medieval e especialmente Renascença.
O que o torna especial, pois? O autor prova que levar a arte a sério significa pensar noutras perspectivas - reais e virtuais, noutros estilos, noutras preocupações e noutro eventual modus operandi estético. Eis uma mensagem a ter-se em conta. ( )
  jgcorrea | Dec 29, 2018 |
Un libro da avere per chiunque sia interessato alla storia delle arti figurative. E anche per chi, non necessariamente interessato proprio a quello, voglia cominciare a "capire qualcosa" di ciò che vede nei musei e nelle gallerie d'arte. Un libro di facile prima-lettura che tuttavia si presta a riletture più approfondite e critiche senza perdere in godibilità. Gombrich è straordinario, tra le tante cose, nella capacità di dare una chiave di lettura e di sussumere tematiche e problemi trasversali a migliaia di anni di storia dell'arte. ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
It took me about a year to read this, but what a rush! It's only a shame that Gombrich is so bemused by more modern art, but then, aren't we all? ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
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Gombrich, E. H.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Houtzager, M. ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Георгиев, НиколаTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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" 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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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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