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The story of art

Author: E H Gombrich
Publisher: London : Phaidon Press Limited, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Sixteenth edition (revised expanded and redesigned)View all editions and formats
"The Story of Art is one of the most famous and popular books on art ever published. For 45 years it has remained unrivalled as an introduction to the whole subject, from the earliest cave paintings to the experimental art of today. Readers of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating directly  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gombrich, E.H. (Ernst Hans), 1909-2001.
Story of art.
London : Phaidon Press, Ltd., 1995
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E H Gombrich
ISBN: 071483355X 9780714833552 0714832472 9780714832470 9781439508749 1439508747 9780714892078 0714892076
OCLC Number: 33229586
Description: 688 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: On arts 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 --
Traditions 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.
Responsibility: E.H. Gombrich.


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"Like every art historian of my generation, my way of thinking about pictures has been in large measure shaped by Ernst Gombrich. I was 15 when I read The Story of Art and like millions since, I felt Read more...

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