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The Story of Art

Ernst Gombrich

2 Chapters
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Completed on 26 April 2022

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.  


Ernst Gombrich's "The Story of Art" is a timeless masterpiece that weaves together the complex tapestry of human artistic expression throughout history. Considered a definitive and accessible introduction to art history, Gombrich's work transcends its time, providing readers with a profound understanding and appreciation for the evolution of art. One of the book's most remarkable qualities is Gombrich's ability to engage readers of all backgrounds. Whether you are a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious beginner, Gombrich's writing style is both comprehensive and approachable, making the subject matter accessible to all. His narrative is clear, concise, and filled with vivid descriptions that transport the reader through time and space, allowing them to envision the artworks in their original contexts. Gombrich starts from the very beginnings of human creativity, exploring the earliest cave paintings and gradually guiding us through the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. He then delves into the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and all the way to the modern era, examining the profound shifts and influential movements that shaped the course of art.