The story of art

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Phaidon Press, Ltd., 1989 - Art - 688 pages
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An illustrated introduction to art appreciation with a survey of the major art periods and styles and descriptions of the work and world of the masters

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Understandable accessible introduction to art. - Goodreads
Standard overview, but very useful text. - Goodreads
Good read for going through the ages in a fast pace. - Goodreads
this is one of my favorite art reference books! - Goodreads
I love Gombrich's clear and unpretentious writing. - Goodreads
The best intro to art I've found. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bogdan Dimitriu - Goodreads

Really interesting and entertaining history of art. The author tries to link artistic styles chronologically and explain why some of them came to be while other fell into disuse. Highly recommend to anyone who wishes to have a quick overview of (mostly) Western Art. Read full review

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User Review  - Joyita - Goodreads

This book is like walking through a guided tour of art history. The text is precise and well written. A 5 star in terms of content. But... What encouraged me to borrow this book was the size and ... Read full review

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Contents

PREFACE
7
THE STORY OF
8
STRANGE BEGINNINGS
39
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold as well as some works of fiction. One of his most popular titles is The Story of Art, which has been translated into 18 languages and sold more than two million copies. Other titles are; Looking for Answers: Conversations on Art and Science (with Didier Eribon), Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, and Gombrich on Art and Psychology. His numerous awards include the Erasmus Prize in 1975, the Hegel Prize in 1976, and the International Balzan Prize in 1985. He holds honorary degrees from various universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, and from the Royal College of Art (London), 1981.

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