kode adsense disini
Hot Best Seller

The Story of Art

Availability: Ready to download

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 subj The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for


Compare
kode adsense disini

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 subj 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. 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 colour 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. 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.

21 review for The Story of Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich (1909 - 2001)The Story of Art, by E. H. Gombrich, is a survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era. First published in 1950 by Phaidon, the book is widely regarded both as a seminal work of criticism and as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts. The book is divided into an introduction, 27 chapters each dealing with a defined time period of art history within one or several cultural/geographic contexts, and a concl The Story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich (1909 - 2001)The Story of Art, by E. H. Gombrich, is a survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era. First published in 1950 by Phaidon, the book is widely regarded both as a seminal work of criticism and as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts. The book is divided into an introduction, 27 chapters each dealing with a defined time period of art history within one or several cultural/geographic contexts, and a concluding chapter summarizing the latest developments in visual arts.تاریخ نخستین خوانش (تورق): ماه سپتامبر سال 2001میلادیعنوان: تاریخ هنر؛ اثر: ارنست جان گامبریچ؛ مترجم: علی رامین؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نشر نی، 1379، در 674ص، مصور بخشی رنگی، نقشه، نمودار، شابک چاپ پنجم در سال 1387؛ 9789643124700؛ وازه نامه دارد، نمایه، کتابنامه از ص 639، تا ص 647؛ موضوع تاریخ هنر از نویسندگان اتریش - سده 20مفهرست مطالب: مقدمه (درباره ی هنر و هنرمندان)؛ یک- شگفتی‌های آغازین (آدمیان پیش از تاریخ و ابتدایی؛ آمریکای کهن)؛ دو- هنر در خدمت جاودانگی (مصر، بین‌النهرین، کرِت)؛ سه- بیداری بزرگ (یونان، سده های هفتم تا پنجم پیش از میلاد)؛ چهار- قلمرو زیبایی (یونان و جهان یونانی، سده ی چهارم پیش از میلاد تا سده ی اول پس از میلاد)؛ پنج- تسخیرکنندگان جهان (رومی‌ها، بوایی‌ها، یهودیان و مسیحیان، سده های اول تا چهارم میلادی)؛ شش- انشعاب بزرگ (روم و بیزانس، سده ی پنجم تا سیزدهم میلادی)؛ هفت- نگاهی به شرق (جهان اسلام و چین، سده ی دوم تا سیزدهم میلادی)؛ هشت- هنر غرب در بوته آزمایش (اروپا، سده های شش تا یازدهم میلادی)؛ نه- کلیسای مبارز (سده ی دوازدهم میلادی)؛ ده- کلیسای پیروز (سده ی سیزدهم میلادی)؛ یازده-درباریان و شهرنشینان (سده ی چهاردهم میلادی)؛ دوازده-تسخیر واقعیت (نیمه اول سده ی پانزدهم میلادی)؛ سیزده-سنت و نوآوری (نیمه دوم سده ی پانزدهم میلادی در ایتالیا)؛ چهارده-سنت و نوآوری (سده ی پانزدهم میلادی در شمال اروپا)؛ پانزده-اوج هماهنگی (توسکانی و رم، اوایل سده ی شانزدهم میلادی)؛ شانزده-نور و رنگ (ونیز و شمال ایتالیا، اوایل سده ی شانزدهم میلادی)؛ هفده-گسترش رنسانس در شمال آلپ (آلمان و هلند، اوایل سده ی شانزدهم میلادی)؛ هجده-بحران هنر (اروپا، دوره متاخر سده ی شانزدهم میلادی)؛ نوزده-تنوع دیدگاه‌ها (اروپای کاتولیک، نیمه نخست سده ی هفدهم میلادی)؛ بیست-آینه طبیعت (هلند در سده ی هفدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و یک-قدرت و شکوه: قسمت اول (ایتالیا، نیمه دوم سده ی هفدهم و هجدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و دو-قدرت و شکوه: قسمت دوم (فرانسه، آلمان و اتریش، نیمه دوم سده ی هفدهم میلادی و نیمه اول سده ی هجدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و سه-عصر خِرَد (انگلستان و فرانسه در سده ی هجدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و چهار-گسست سنت (انگلستان، آمریکا و فرانسه، نیمه دوم سده ی هجدهم و نیمه اول سده ی نوزدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و پنج-انقلاب پایدار (قرن نوزدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و شش-در جستجوی معیارهای نوین (اواخر سده ی نوزدهم میلادی)؛ بیست و هفت-هنر تجربی (نیمه نخست سده ی بیستم میلادی)؛ بیست و هشت-تاریخ بی‌انتها (پیروزی مدرنیسم)؛ توضیحات مترجم؛ واژه‌نامه؛ کتاب‌شناسی؛ نمودارها و نقشه‌ها؛ نمایهتاریخ هنر گامبریچ، یکی از آثار گرانبهائی است که درباره‌ ی هنر نگاشته شده؛ مدخلی برای ورود به دنیای هنر است، از نخستین تجربهٔ هنری انسان در نقش‌ پردازی داخل غارها گرفته، تا واپسین آثار هنری امروز جهان را، به خوانشگر عرضه میکندتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 30/08/1399هجری خورشدی؛ 30/06/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roy Lotz

    I should preface everything I say with a general caveat: I am a novice in the world of art, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place. Although I often drew as a child, I was more interested in schematic, technical drawings than anything you could call ‘art’. And, despite my keen appreciation of music and fiction, I’ve always had the visual equivalent of a ‘tin ear’. I could stand in front of a masterpiece and be more interested in what I just ate for lunch. So with that sham I should preface everything I say with a general caveat: I am a novice in the world of art, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place. Although I often drew as a child, I was more interested in schematic, technical drawings than anything you could call ‘art’. And, despite my keen appreciation of music and fiction, I’ve always had the visual equivalent of a ‘tin ear’. I could stand in front of a masterpiece and be more interested in what I just ate for lunch. So with that shameful admission out of the way, on to the review. In a book such as this, there are bound to be almost as many people disappointed as impressed. It’s the curse of the writer of survey books: to reduce the scope of the material down to the size of one volume, enormous omissions are inevitable. If sales alone are the to be the rubric, then Gombrich must be considered a tremendous success; nevertheless, many whose favorite paintings and sculptures were passed over without mention or comment will likely be irked. (It should also be said that his treatment of ‘primitive’ art is hopelessly uninformed and, despite his best efforts, condescending. Additionally, this book hardly touches on non-European art.) Due to my general ignorance, I was none too bothered by this. In fact, it was just what the doctor ordered. Gombrich sweeps the reader through Western history, allowing just enough time for some quick rubber-necking at the sites along the way. What you get is a brief who’s who, and the general lay of the land. Of course, anyone with an even moderate interest in art history will have to fill in the quite sizable gaps left by this method, but that’s to be expected. The only book somewhat similar to The Story of Art I've read is Revolution in the Head, by Ian MacDonald—a song-by-song analysis and critique of the Beatles’s music. That book (highly recommended) is astounding because MacDonald’s ears are so frighteningly acute. Although I have musical training and have been listening to the Beatles since my youth, MacDonald makes you hear their music in new and exciting ways, opening up a whole new aural world. Gombrich does the same thing, but to a lesser extent, with the history of art. He has a keen eye; and, more impressive, he is able to render technical analysis into the plainest of plain prose. The reader’s mind is not burdened by the slew of art history terms that are thrown at undergraduates in introductory classes. Gombrich bypasses the linguistic apparatus and goes straight to what’s really important: the image on the canvass (or the form on the marble, etc.). So, to bring this already-too-long review to a close, read The Story of Art for a clear, concise, and engaging introduction to the world of visual art. It’s not one-stop shopping. But then, what book is?

  3. 5 out of 5

    John David

    Just a dozen or so pages into this book, I knew that it was one I wish I would have had access to when I was first seriously exposed to art. While in many respects, it is a conservative textbook (being first published in 1950), it is fundamentally meant for someone who has little to no previous formal contact with art history. Of course, if you have some, this can make you seriously engage some of your previously held assumptions about what you like and why you like it, but I got the distinct im Just a dozen or so pages into this book, I knew that it was one I wish I would have had access to when I was first seriously exposed to art. While in many respects, it is a conservative textbook (being first published in 1950), it is fundamentally meant for someone who has little to no previous formal contact with art history. Of course, if you have some, this can make you seriously engage some of your previously held assumptions about what you like and why you like it, but I got the distinct impression while reading that it was meant to initiate a teenager – a teenager who very much reminded of me of myself – into a whole new world. The inclusions and exclusions of certain artists are, of course, always arbitrary. However, Gombrich’s choices do not deviate too much from a standard art history text. What particularly drew me to the book was what I perceived to be its inordinate focus on medieval and especially Renaissance art. Of the twenty-eight chapters included in the book, about five mostly focus on Western medieval images (6 and 8-11). Another six chapters (13-18) focus on the art of the Western Renaissance. Most surveys of art history to which I had been previously exposed paid scant attention to medieval art and they sometimes did not give the Renaissance the space that I felt it deserved. There is no doubt the medieval and Renaissance art Gombrich’s pet periods here (and, admittedly, they’re mine, too.) What makes it so special is that, instead of spending the first chapter in an abstract exercise of thinking about what “Art” is, he forces you over and over again to take the art on its own terms. While discussing the various visual perspectives painted by the artist of “The Garden of Nebamun,” he says: “To us reliefs and wall-paintings provide an extraordinarily vivid picture of life as it was lived in Egypt thousands of years ago. And yet, looking at them for the first time, one may find them rather bewildering. The reason is that the Egyptian painters had a very different way from ours of representing real life. Perhaps this is connected with the different purpose their paintings had to serve. What mattered most was not prettiness but completeness. It was the artists’ task to preserve everything as clearly and permanently as possible. So they did not set out to sketch nature as it appeared to them from any fortuitous angle” (p. 60). It is the occasional insight like this that makes the book most worthwhile for a neophyte. After all, how many of us have measured something we saw by the standards of our particular narrow time and place? He really drives home the point that thinking about art seriously means thinking about other perspectives (both literally and figuratively), other preoccupations, and other aesthetic modus operandi. This is a lesson that should be lost on none of us, about art, or about anything else.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    An excellent introduction to the history of European art. Accessible and great for building a narrative timeline.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Boris

    I’m speechless!This is one of the deepest theoretically histories of art I have read. I feel like I was walking naked in museum before reading it.Amazing book!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elif

    Easy to read; makes you think of all the artists and the journey of "Art".English: https://elifthereader.com/books/the-s...Türkçe: https://kitaplikkedisi.com/kitaplar/s... Easy to read; makes you think of all the artists and the journey of "Art".English: https://elifthereader.com/books/the-s...Türkçe: https://kitaplikkedisi.com/kitaplar/s...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Clausen

    The story of art is also, in itself, a work of art.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is a thick and tremendously heavy book, but only physically heavy, and Gombrich is far from thick in his treatment of art down the ages. Read it lying face-down on the floor. Use it as a door-stop.The reproductions are exquisite in colour and detail, and of course it can be dipped into at leisure and as the mood takes. The Italian Renaissance is comprehensively covered.I wanted to buy this book several years ago but thought £25 was a bit steep, then found it last year on sale in Central Lon This is a thick and tremendously heavy book, but only physically heavy, and Gombrich is far from thick in his treatment of art down the ages. Read it lying face-down on the floor. Use it as a door-stop.The reproductions are exquisite in colour and detail, and of course it can be dipped into at leisure and as the mood takes. The Italian Renaissance is comprehensively covered.I wanted to buy this book several years ago but thought £25 was a bit steep, then found it last year on sale in Central London at half price and could no longer resist.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth Shapeero

    The Storey of ArtE. M. GombrichI was attracted to this beautiful little book in Waterstones; its wafer thin, smooth bible pages, section of over 400 rich colour plates and stylish, minimal cover design. I was also feeling a pang of guilt for not shopping in bookshops anymore because Amazon is so easy and cheap. Walking through a bookstore, perusing books and judging them by there covers, is a real pleasure and one we will be denied access to as everybody shops online, I am pretty sure we will se The Storey of ArtE. M. GombrichI was attracted to this beautiful little book in Waterstones; its wafer thin, smooth bible pages, section of over 400 rich colour plates and stylish, minimal cover design. I was also feeling a pang of guilt for not shopping in bookshops anymore because Amazon is so easy and cheap. Walking through a bookstore, perusing books and judging them by there covers, is a real pleasure and one we will be denied access to as everybody shops online, I am pretty sure we will see high street bookshops closing down soon unless they can figure out a way to compete with Amazon. So I bought The Storey of Art mainly because it’s so attractive but I also have a staggering lack of knowledge about art history - this looked like a good way to fill myself in. I read a quote recently that said if you read one hundred books on a subject you can call yourself an expert, it’s a bit daft but I have decided set myself a challenge; read 100 art books.This one has taken me about three months to read so expertise feels like a distant dream. It took so long beacuse I wanted to concentrate and take it all in, this book covers the whole of art history from early cave painting to post-modernism, that’s a lot of useful information, also, it’s not just reading the words but taking the time to look carefully at each image and it’s not the sort of book you can read in the bath or in bed because you have to keep refering back to plates. Fortunatley it is extremely accesable, intriguiging and keenly observing making it very readable and a little pleasure to indulge in.Being so ignorant of the subject, I loved that it took its time over periods and themes, referring back to them in the following chapters, revisiting artists and styles and giving in depth critical background to works such as stylistic influences and pressures on artists of different times. It strikes a perfect balence of being informative and comprehensive without becoming stifling; it is an insightful and rich overview. I am certain that I will actually be able to remember some of this information, I couldn’t have hoped for more from art book #1/100. So maybe walking into bookshops and judging books by their covers is a good strategy after all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    June

    This book is the best story of art ever told.I devoured the book years ago, when studying at the Art Academy.for those who are not into art, or think they are not interested in art..it will make you love it!and it will teach you from the very beginning how to see "the mind" of the artist in the creation..highly recommended This book is the best story of art ever told.I devoured the book years ago, when studying at the Art Academy.for those who are not into art, or think they are not interested in art..it will make you love it!and it will teach you from the very beginning how to see "the mind" of the artist in the creation..highly recommended

  11. 5 out of 5

    sirius proserpine

    the sexual tension between this book being aggressively christian and the overuse of “gay” as an adjective 😫😩

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    I thumbed through a much older (perhaps first) edition of this book when I was away from home and looking for something to read. I was immediately hooked by Gombrich's enthusiastic writing. When I returned home, I was extremely pleased to find that the latest edition was lavishly illustrated and updated to reflect more recent times. In my opinion, the book is fabulously readable for two reasons: Every piece of art mentioned is shown in the book beside the text and the author avoids "pretentious I thumbed through a much older (perhaps first) edition of this book when I was away from home and looking for something to read. I was immediately hooked by Gombrich's enthusiastic writing. When I returned home, I was extremely pleased to find that the latest edition was lavishly illustrated and updated to reflect more recent times. In my opinion, the book is fabulously readable for two reasons: Every piece of art mentioned is shown in the book beside the text and the author avoids "pretentious jargon". I wish every art book followed just these two principles.While the European art from the Thirteenth to Nineteenth Centuries (the bulk of the book) eventually became a slog which threatened to make my eyes glaze over, this is no fault of Gombrich. Instead, he has given me a much greater appreciation of this time period. The art is so much more interesting against a backdrop of history and biography.True to the title, the book really does read like a story. It's not just a series of mind-numbing names, place, and dates. It's a seamless narrative of art over time. So while I'm sure it was very difficult to write, the whole thing feels effortless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I'm pretty torn about what rating to give this book. It is the o.g. primer on art history, so reading it gave me insight into the thought processes of some of my more old-school college professors. It also cleared up some of my shameful misconceptions around when certain artists were active (Titian 😳). The prose is very simple and engaging, and I looked forward to reading this book every day. However, I dread to imagine someone reading this in 2020 without a gargantuan grain of salt. Right off t I'm pretty torn about what rating to give this book. It is the o.g. primer on art history, so reading it gave me insight into the thought processes of some of my more old-school college professors. It also cleared up some of my shameful misconceptions around when certain artists were active (Titian 😳). The prose is very simple and engaging, and I looked forward to reading this book every day. However, I dread to imagine someone reading this in 2020 without a gargantuan grain of salt. Right off the bat, the book wildly speculates about the purposes of cave paintings (prehistoric people believed they were magic. obvs.). Any time it talks about non-Western art, the descriptions are pretty cringy. And female artists all but don't exist (I think the book names one). If there's a more contemporary art history book that is as thorough as this one, I'd love to hear about it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tim Murray

    It would be no exaggeration to say that this book changed my life. Before I read this I thought that most art was overpriced garbage. Especially modern art. By going through the history of art and saying how one era shaped the next and also why art is important to human development really helped me to 'get' art. Since reading this book I have taken up painting myself as well as regularly going to art galleries and museums.Having said all this, the book can be a bit dry sometimes and you can feel It would be no exaggeration to say that this book changed my life. Before I read this I thought that most art was overpriced garbage. Especially modern art. By going through the history of art and saying how one era shaped the next and also why art is important to human development really helped me to 'get' art. Since reading this book I have taken up painting myself as well as regularly going to art galleries and museums.Having said all this, the book can be a bit dry sometimes and you can feel like you are wading through sections.If you want a book that explains art and art history then go no further.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Shahid

    It is one of the amazing books I have ever read. It is really comprehensive, I wish it was longer and full of more details.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miquel Reina

    This book is an essential. A book that can't miss on any shelf of an art historian, an architect or designer, and in general anyone interested, lover or influenced by Art. The Story of Art is an ambitious book, which traces the history of mankind with its artistic development, whether painting, sculpture or other plastic forms. It's a reference book rather than a reading one but it's a jewel that must have nearer you.Spanish version: Éste libro es un esencial. Un libro que no puede faltar en nin This book is an essential. A book that can't miss on any shelf of an art historian, an architect or designer, and in general anyone interested, lover or influenced by Art. The Story of Art is an ambitious book, which traces the history of mankind with its artistic development, whether painting, sculpture or other plastic forms. It's a reference book rather than a reading one but it's a jewel that must have nearer you.Spanish version: Éste libro es un esencial. Un libro que no puede faltar en ninguna de las estanterías de un historiador del arte, un arquitecto o diseñador, en general, cualquier persona interesada o influenciada por el arte. La Historia del Arte es un libro ambicioso, que recorre la historia de la humanidad junto a su desarrollo artístico, ya sea pintura, escultura u otras formas plásticas. Es un libro de consulta más que de lectura pero que debes tener cerca.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    For a few semesters, art history was my minor in university. I did not know a lot about art, but I was interested and it seemed fun. If only my courses were as good as this, I would not have given up on this field of study.Without being condescending or snobby (my main problem with my former teachers and some fellow students), Gombrich writes about art history in a way, that is very exciting and fascinating for the uneducated reader (i.e. me).The art prints in my edition are extremely beautiful. For a few semesters, art history was my minor in university. I did not know a lot about art, but I was interested and it seemed fun. If only my courses were as good as this, I would not have given up on this field of study.Without being condescending or snobby (my main problem with my former teachers and some fellow students), Gombrich writes about art history in a way, that is very exciting and fascinating for the uneducated reader (i.e. me).The art prints in my edition are extremely beautiful.Definitely recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elsa

    I DID. I’VE FINISHED IT. Ok so it was very, very, VERY interesting. I’ve learned so much and have a now a very global comprehension of the art’s development throughout history. It’s well written and very easy to read. It’s quite a long book but it covers most of the basics in one read so it’s very much worth it. Would totally recommend

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael Scott

    I bought The Story of Art while about to leave Brugge, after a long week-end that was supremely friendly and quite artsy. I started reading this book as soon as I sat down in the train and was enchanted by it until the last page. Gombrich's The Story of Art is a masterful story of the main works and styles of art, from 30,000 BC until the 20th century. (The 16th edition includes material from up to around the late 1980s, in terms of art critique, and early 1970s, in terms of artworks.) The book I bought The Story of Art while about to leave Brugge, after a long week-end that was supremely friendly and quite artsy. I started reading this book as soon as I sat down in the train and was enchanted by it until the last page. Gombrich's The Story of Art is a masterful story of the main works and styles of art, from 30,000 BC until the 20th century. (The 16th edition includes material from up to around the late 1980s, in terms of art critique, and early 1970s, in terms of artworks.) The book is written from a Western (British) perspective but with enough mentions about Asian and African artworks to make the story global. The types of art covered here are chiefly architecture, picture, and sculpture.There are many things that I liked about this book, from its crisp analysis of artworks to the excellent rhetoric, the latter always in favor of art. The story covers mostly cave painting, ancient art, Greek and Hellenistic art, Roman and Byzantine art, Romanesque and Gothic art, Renaissance and Mannerism, Baroque and Rococo, Romanticism, and Modernism and Post-Modernism. Each style is illustrated with a selection of artworks, many of which are well-known to art beginners such as myself, all of which are discussed not only in terms of craft by also with regard to impact to the age and future art. The first artwork is usually an example of architecture, which is analyzed as a framing reference for smaller artifacts. Artworks from different ages and styles, but depicting similar topics, are compared tetually; I found very useful the detailed comparison references (e.g., "examples of miniatures as page 211, figure 140, and page 274, figure 177"). There are numerous references to the actual quality of an artwork, which should create a very different impression from the in-book illustration; the book includes often details of the presented works, so that the reader is more easily able to understand its main characteristics. The book concludes with an analysis of art's future. I liked very much the warning that, in the 20th(-21st?) century, a real danger to art is the expectation of non-conformism---Gombrich mentions the "tradition of the new" of Harold Rosenberg. The book concludes with a number of additions to the 1950's first edition, and a set of useful editorial tools: an index of terms and works of art, a section of commented related work, a graphical representation of the periods and works of art covered in the main text. Among the main attractions of this book is it's deep yet understandable text. For example, I felt I could really understand the point raised by Gombrich in this paragraph: "[...] the modern artist wants to create things. [...] He wants to feel that he has made something which had no existence before. Not just a copy of a real object, however skillful, not just a piece of decoration, however clever, but something more relevant and lasting than either, something that he feels to be more real than the shoddy objects of our humdrum existence." Among the things I would have liked to see improved in the book, perhaps the main element is the lack of discussion about other forms of art, from literary to performing art, from movies to computer gaming. Another rather negative point is the minimal coverage of Asian and African art, with only scant information and only some late inclusion the 20th century discovery of Greek, Chinese (Terra-Cotta Soldiers), and other artworks. I would have also been happy to see Gombrich's work continued, so that this 16th edition can take a more balanced look at Modernist and Post-Modernist art.One of the elements that turned out to be mostly negative was the detail with which the Modern and Post-Modern periods are covered. In the words of the author: "The reader may well wonder whether these disparate examples add up to the continuation of the story of art, or whether what was once a mighty river has meanwhile broken up into many branches and rivulets. We cannot tell, but we may take comfort from the very multiplicity of efforts." Perhaps the memory of the by-stander, that is, the tendency to observe in more detail current rather than old events, motivates this over-description of material in these sections. Overall, a wonderful read for any art lover.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I kept expecting this book to bog down and get boring and it never did, even when it got into modern art (which I now feel like I have a better grasp of). Gombrich isn't just an art historian,he's like a psychologist, I felt like I had a better understanding of why people were making all this funky contemporary art; even if I still don't necessary like or understand it, at least I kind of feel I see where it's coming from. Really a great book if you want a basic intro to the history of art. I kept expecting this book to bog down and get boring and it never did, even when it got into modern art (which I now feel like I have a better grasp of). Gombrich isn't just an art historian,he's like a psychologist, I felt like I had a better understanding of why people were making all this funky contemporary art; even if I still don't necessary like or understand it, at least I kind of feel I see where it's coming from. Really a great book if you want a basic intro to the history of art.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zanna

    The classic introduction to 'Western' art, beginning with its classical origins in ancient Egypt, and casting light on the social, economic, political, cultural and technological influences from which it arose in each time and placeI was fascinated from the start, and a relatively considerable proportion of Gombrich's wisdom has stayed with me. Naturally the presumption to offer a monolithic story of art is absurd - but this particular story is well worth sharing. The classic introduction to 'Western' art, beginning with its classical origins in ancient Egypt, and casting light on the social, economic, political, cultural and technological influences from which it arose in each time and placeI was fascinated from the start, and a relatively considerable proportion of Gombrich's wisdom has stayed with me. Naturally the presumption to offer a monolithic story of art is absurd - but this particular story is well worth sharing.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.