The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich

The Story of Art

This text is the 16th revised and updated edition of this introduction to art, from the earliest cave paintings to experimental art. Eight new artists from the modern period have been introduced. They are: Corot, Kollwitz, Nolde, de Chirico, Brancussi, Magritte, Nicolson and Morandi. A sequence of new endings have been added, and the captions are now fuller, including the medium and dimension of the works illustrated. Six fold-outs present select...


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TitleThe Story of Art
ISBN9780714833552
Author
Release DateApr 9th, 1995
PublisherPhaidon Press
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages688 pages
GenreArt, Nonfiction, History, Art History, Reference, Architecture, Classics, Art Design, Design, Academic, School
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  • Charlie
    2010-12-23
    If you don't know anything about art and wish you did, The Story of Art will help. It will ONLY help you to understand art according to a modernist, Western European narrative. If you want to critique art, this is a pretty important narrative to understand, due to its dominance in the field of art theory (I mean, as far as I know). Gombrich covers painting, sculpture, and architecture from pre-history to the mid-twentieth century. He explains wha...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-26
    Reflecting on my reading year 2016, I came to think of books that have meant a lot to me over the past decades, and the first one that came to my mind was Gombrich’s excellent introduction to art history. I will have to go back twenty years, half my life, to the year 1996. I am twenty years old, and just about to discover the pleasurable adventure called university. For Christmas, I receive a much longed-for gift card to buy books that “will ...
  • Nikoleta
    2013-09-14
    Ένα εκπληκτικό βιβλίο για την ιστορία της τέχνης. Εμένα προσωπικά, που είμαι εντελώς άσχετη, με βοήθησε πολύ να κατανοήσω την πορεία και την εξέλιξή της, σε σημείο τέτοιο που να συμπαθήσω ακόμα και την μεταμοντέρνα, που δεν άντεχα ούτε να την βλέπω...
  • AC
    2010-05-31
    This book was perfect. For someone like myself who (now) has a little knowledge of Art (the capital letter here is deliberate) and some sense of history -- but who has big gaps and oceans of ignorance about the topic -- this book was perfect. It is mature, serious, to the point, absolutely free of jargon, sure, insightful -- always interesting, never pedantic -- and not eccentric in the least. Gombrich covers all the major artists and the movemen...
  • Νόρα
    2016-01-04
    Από τα ωραιότερα βιβλία που βρίσκονται στη βιβλιοθήκη μου.Όσοι με γνωρίζουν ξέρουν ότι έχω βαθιά αγάπη για την τέχνη,έτσι μου έκαναν δώρο αυτό το βιβλίο.Δεν ήταν δύσκολο να το καταλάβουν ότι το ήθελα,τους είχα πάρει τα αυτιά.Είχα αποφασίσει να μάθ...
  • Rick
    2011-07-30
    The Story of Art is a handy little survey of art history, primarily but not exclusively western art, from cave paintings and primitive sculptures to modern architecture and pop art. It is 500 pages of text and that many pages of well synchronized color plates in a smart pocket edition by Phaidon. Twenty-eight chapters, mostly quite brief, but each a skillful, thoughtful rippling of the surface, with hints of depth and well-defined currents moving...
  • Michael Kotsarinis
    2015-11-19
    4.5/5Η αλήθεια είναι ότι όταν το αγόρασα, ως βιβλίο αναφοράς για τη βιβλιοθήκη μας, δεν πίστευα ότι θα το διάβαζα ολόκληρο. Μετά το πρώτο ξεφύλλισμα, σκέφτηκα να ρίξω μια ματιά στην εισαγωγή. Και εκεί ήρθε η πρώτη έκπληξη καθώς αντί για τα συνήθη ακατ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-09-01
    Gombrich's Story of Art is a great survey (western-oriented however) of art for those who wish to know the big names and get familiar with some of the more common works. He covers all the various periods in a sufficient amount of detail without sounding pedantic or academic which is a challenge when explaining art history. I would just lament the lack of information about art in China, India,. S America and of course Africa, but that is kind of h...
  • Luís C.
    2014-08-20
    What a monument! I'm not a regular in the history of art, but I wanted to throw myself still in this reading. Much good has taken me, it took me a few weeks to deal with them, but I do not regret it! Are discussed painting, drawing, sculpture and even architecture, since the earliest human societies until the 50s the whole is decorated with beautiful illustrations. Unless you have a real need for the pocket edition (small footprint), I advise rat...
  • Rosenkavalier
    2013-12-17
    Autodidatti di tutto il mondo, uniamociAntefatto: al Liceo, in un impeto autonomista, la mia professoressa di disegno decise di saltare il programma triennale di storia dell'arte, consentendomi di beneficiare di cinque anni di proiezioni ortogonali (ricalcate alla finestra dalle tavole altrui).Questo era l'alibi.Fino ai 30 anni circa non mi sono mai molto interessato d'arte, fino a un ponte del Primo Maggio trascorso tra Siena e Arezzo. Da lì, r...
  • John David
    2010-10-05
    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 l...
  • Namrirru
    2007-07-12
    The title of this book should be "The Story of Western Art," because that is what 95% of this book is. Western Art. The "Primitive Art," "Looking Eastwards" and "Modernism" section are an insult and should have been left out of the text along with his random snide comments. Othewise, this makes a nice commentary on Western Art. It's enthusiastic and reads like a "story."
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2009-03-24
    The story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich (1909 - 2001)عنوان: تاریخ هنر؛ اثر: ارنست جان گامبریچ؛ مترجم: علی رامین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر نی، 1379، در 674 ص، مصور بخشی رنگی، نقشه، نمودار، شابک چاپ پنجم در سال 1387: 9789643124700؛ وازه نامه دارد، نمایه، کتابنامه از ص 639 تا 647 موضوع: تاریخ هنر
  • David
    2009-11-11
    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 st...
  • Ryan
    2009-08-20
    This well-composed book was a pleasure to read. And as far as introducing the history of art, it is exactly what I was looking for; beautiful photographs, lucid descriptions, no jargon, no pretension. I recommend that you read the short preface and first chapter, and I bet that you won’t stop there.The book’s 600 pages contain at least as many photographs, mostly of paintings, and about half of those figures are full-page (including a few...
  • Beth Shapeero
    2011-05-15
    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 e...
  • Claudia
    2012-07-19
    Gombrich, yo soy tu fan, pero este pedazo de manual nunca fue La Historia del Arte.Dicho sea esto, te lucís como el mejor sintetizador de la visión europea del arte en 1950. Quien quiera entender los movimientos posmodernos (su suceso entre los críticos y coleccionistas; la falta de interés en y de la sociedad civil), encontrará en Ernst un interlocutor bien formado y característico de la época.
  • Vasilis Manias
    2014-03-10
    Βιβλίο κόσμημα για κάθε βιβλιοθήκη.
  • Erdinç
    2016-01-29
    Alanla ilgili ünlü ve gerçekten temel sayılabilecek bir çalışma. Akla estiğinde, ara ara bakılacak bir eser değil de, isminde de belirtildiği şekilde öyküsel yanı olan, baştan sona hızla ve merakla okunabilecek bir kitap. Kitaptan pek çok not aldım, pek çok yeni şey öğrendim, bildiğim pek çok bilgiyi bir çerçeveye oturtmak konusunda da kitap bana yardımcı oldu. Sanat tarihiyle ilgili bir başlangıç eseri olarak kabu...
  • David
    2010-08-23
    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 b...
  • Roy Lotz
    2013-06-03
    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...
  • Procyon Lotor
    2014-01-27
    Divulgazione per tutti Un ottimo libro che permette e ha permesso a moltissimi di farsi un'idea sull'oggetto. Praticamente privo di snobismo ed elucubrazioni fumose quanto dubbie. Appare di prima lettura un p� cagionevole sull'arte moderna e contemporanea; a parer mio no. L'effetto � senz'altro dovuto alla pressione che subiamo continuamente in merito alla diffusa e falsissima credenza che i geni dell'arte siano quasi tutti nati negli USA nel...
  • Michael Scott
    2011-06-04
    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,...
  • Emil
    2013-09-14
    Nje introdukte e shkelqyer ne historine e Artit - sidomos per ata qe si puna ime jan amatore por te apasionuar e duan te din dicka me teper rreth kesaj fushe - e shkruar thjeshte, paster, qarte dhe bukur pa shume pompozitet e shtremberime te llojit te nje kritiku snobist te Artit. Personalisht leximi i tij me kenaqi e me shplodhi si te thuash duke qene dhe njekohesisht shume edukativ. Me pelqejn sidomos kapitujt mbi Rilindjen Italiane, periudha q...
  • Paola
    2015-02-15
    Sono solo agli inizi ma la trovo splendida, e così intelligentemente concepita, e didatticamente fantastica per chi come me vuole avere più strumenti in testa per non stare davanti a un quadro con una faccia ebete a cercare di capirci qualcosa, facendo commenti a capocchia, o meglio puramente soggettivi: mi piace non mi piace, che vuole dirmi... boh... mah...chissà, magari se lo giro... o mi metto io a testa in giù...Fine lettura503 pagine di...
  • Tim Murray
    2014-01-03
    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, th...
  • Carol
    2016-02-09
    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...
  • Sepide Fallah
    2014-08-04
    کتاب در مجموع به عنوان یک کتاب تاریخ ارزشمند و ساده نویس است. یک دید کلی مناسب برای شروع مطالعات تاریخی هنرهای تجسمی و شناخت سبک های تاریخی به خواننده می دهد. اما به گمان من یک ایراد اساسی دارد و آن اینکه کتاب هیچ ایده ای درباره ارتباط هنر و شرایط اجتم...
  • InMyHumbleOpinion:D
    2010-10-08
    before the reveiw, a little pretext, i love art history, NPR and David Sedaris, so the fact the i read this book basically cover to cover isn't too surprising. it was clear and consise and had so many pictures (faomous and obsecure) i must have read the chapter on impressionism and post impressionism 40 times and the section and mannerism at least half that. but if your not interested, this won't read like fiction, or any kind of even remotely in...
  • Cynthia
    2010-04-25
    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 ...