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The Story of Art : 16th Edition - E.H. Gombrich

The Story of Art

16th Edition

Hardcover Published: 27th May 1995
ISBN: 9780714833552
Number Of Pages: 688
For Ages: 13+ years old

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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 half a century. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

For this new, compact edition The Story of Art has been completely redesigned, giving a fresh perspective to Gombrich's well-loved text. The illustrations, collected together in a separate section towards the back of the book for easy reference, vividly illustrate the lively and engaging narrative and are in colour throughout.

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 pocket edition is no exception, combining smoothly flowing text with a clear, simple design in a convenient and accessible format. The new edition allows this classic work to continue its triumphant progress for another generation, and to remain the title of first choice for all newcomers to art.

About the Author

Ernst Gombrich was one of the greatest and least conventional art historians of his age, achieving fame and distinction in three separate spheres: as a scholar, as a popularizer of art, and as a pioneer of the application of the psychology of perception to the study of art. His best-known book, The Story of Art - first published 50 years ago and now in its sixteenth edition - is one of the most influential books ever written about art. His books further include The Sense of Order (1979) and The Preference for the Primitive (2002), as well as a total of 11 volumes of collected essays and reviews.

Gombrich was born in Vienna in 1909 and died in London in November 2001. He came to London in 1936 to work at the Warburg Institute, where he eventually became Director from 1959 until his retirement in 1976. He won numerous international honours, including a knighthood, the Order of Merit and the Goethe, Hegel and Erasmus prizes. Gifted with a powerful mind and prodigious memory, he was also an outstanding communicator, with a clear and forceful prose style. His works are models of good art-historical writing, and reflect his humanism and his deep and abiding concern with the standards and values of our cultural heritage.

Industry Reviews

'It would be difficult to find a better written, more succinct account of its subject than this book. Christopher Hibbert drives the story of these islands - in crisp vivid prose that never flags.' Country Landowner, August 2003, UK " - The story is told in a clear and fluent narrative that covers the entire world and the whole of human history in a well-planned sequence of 21 chapters - The Story of Architecture brings understanding and insight for those who have encountered the world's architectural heritage in their travels or through the media, and seek to explore it further - " Perspective " - a book that has already become seminal among students of architecture - there is not much that the distinguished professor misses, as he roams the architectural world, asking, "why is it like this?" The Times Literary Supplement " - required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of a noble art form. ..The story is told in a clear and fluent narrative which covers the entire world and the whole of human history. That is some achievement. ..the author draws on hid own architectural experience to inspire the reader to enter the mind of the architect - " The Yorkshire Evening Press "Nuttgens proceeds on two fronts. First - this is a signal strength - he writes with an architect's sense of how buildings are actually built, how they manage to stay up; he gently leads the reader through a crash course - in the fundamental principles of construction. He is also industrious in describing the social and political context within which building took place - This book is a treasury of facts - " The Tablet "Patrick Nuttgens' The Story of Architecture has taken honours among introductory architecture texts since its publication. - Along with an excellent bibiography, the book boasts all the appurtenances desirable in such a work - time lines, maps, and thumbnail biographies of 125 historic and contemporary architects. - Nuttgens avoids the jargon of the trade, proving - again - that plain old English is perfectly capable of describing complex creations, evolutions, architects and buildings. - more than 400 well-chosen and expertly reproduced illustrations - In an era when so much writing on architecture is either diatribe or gibberish, Nuttgens' approach is a relief. His account is comprehensive, cosmopolitan, judicious, and generous. " World Architecture

Introduction: On Art and Artists
Strange Beginnings: Prehistoric and Primitive Peoples; Ancient America
Art for Eternity: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete
The Great Awakening: Greece, Seventh to Fifth Century BC
The Realm of Beauty: Greece and the Greek World, Fourth Century BC to First Century AD
World Conquerors: Romans, Buddhists, Jews and Christians, First to Fourth Century AD
A Parting of Ways: Rome and Byzantium, Fifth to Thirteenth Century
Looking Eastwards: Islam, China, Second to Thirteenth Century
Western Art in the Melting Pot: Europe, Sixth to Eleventh Century
The Church Militant: The Twelfth Century
The Church Triumphant: The Thirteenth Century
Courtiers and Burghers: The Fourteenth Century
The Conquest of Reality: The Early Fifteenth Century
Tradition and Innovation I: The Later Fifteenth Century in Italy
Tradition and Innovation II: The Fifteenth Century in the North
Harmony Attained: Tuscany and Rome, Early Sixteenth Century
Light and Colour: Venice and Northern Italy, Early Sixteenth Century
The New Learning Spreads: Germany and the Netherlands, Early Sixteenth Century
A Crisis of Art: Europe, Later Sixteenth Century
Vision and Visions: Catholic Europe, First Half of the Seventeenth Century
The Mirror of Nature: Holland, Seventeenth Century
Power and Glory I: Italy, Later Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Power and Glory II: France, Germany and Austria, Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
The Age of Reason: England and France, Eighteenth Century
The Break in Tradition: England, America and France, Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Permanent Revolution: The Nineteenth Century
In Search of New Standards: The Late Nineteenth Century
Experimental Art: The First Half of the Twentieth Century
A Story without End: The Triumph of Modernism
Another Turning of the Tide
The Changing Past
A Note on Art Books
Chronological Charts
Maps
List of Illustrations by Location
Index and Glossary
Acknowledgments
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780714833552
ISBN-10: 071483355X
Series: GOMBRICH, ERNST HANS JOSEF//STORY OF ART
Audience: General
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 8+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 27th May 1995
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 18.1  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 1.89
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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