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...

Details The Story of Art

TitleThe Story of Art
Release DateApr 9th, 1995
PublisherPhaidon Press
GenreArt, Nonfiction, History, Art History, Reference, Architecture, Classics, Design, Art Design, Literature, 20th Century

Reviews The Story of Art

  • Lisa
    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
    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...
  • 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...
  • AC
    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
    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
    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...
  • Luís C.
    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...
  • Ezgi
    Yedi yüz sayfalık bu başyapıt hakkında konuşmak kolay değil. Lokasyon değişikliği sebebiyle aylarca okuyamadım; insanın yanında taşıması için de ağırlığı pek makul olan bir kitap olmadığından bitirmem uzun sürdü. Kitabın en önemli özelliği gidip bu eserleri tek tek yerinde inceleme isteğini tavan yaptırması. Kitapta fotoğraflanan eserlerin bir kısmını kendi gözlerimle görebildiğim için mutlu olmuşken bun...
  • Michael Kotsarinis
    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
    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...
  • صان
    بینظیره. حتا اگه به عنوان تفریح و علاقه هم بخونید، خستهتون نمیکنه، ناامیدتون نمیکنه، مهربونه، روزای خوبی میسازه براتون بی‌نظیره. حتا اگه به عنوان تفریح و علاقه هم بخونید، خسته‌تون نمیکنه، ناامیدتون نمیکنه، مهربونه، روزای خوبی میسازه براتون
  • 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 l...
  • Rosenkavalier
    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...
  • Leila
    همیشه وقتی روبروی یه اثر هنری می ایستادم و نگاهش میکردم با خودم فکر میکردم باید به چه چیزهایی دقت کنم و دقیقا چه چیزی رو تحسین کنم که منو شگفت زده کنه؟ کم کم به اواسط کتاب که رسیدم انگار داشتم یه کتاب عاشقانه میخوندم و منتظر میموندم که دوباره نویسنده ...
  • Procyon Lotor
    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 po' cagionevole sull'arte moderna e contemporanea; a parer mio no. L'effetto è 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 X...
  • Namrirru
    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."
  • Mary-jane
    Από τα καλύτερα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει!Προσωπικά είχα αρκετή επαφή με την τέχνη πριν το διαβάσω πράγμα που με ώθησε να παω και στο τμήμα ιστορίας και αρχαιολογίας.Τα σχετικά με την τέχνη βιβλία που διαβάζω είναι εκείνα της Τaschen και οι οδηγοί μουσ...
  • 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 st...
  • Ryan
    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
    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
    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
    Βιβλίο κόσμημα για κάθε βιβλιοθήκη.
  • Morgane
    First, the obvious flaws. This was originally written in 1950 by a white European man. It has all the biases you'd expect: referring to certain cultures as "primitive"; largely glossing over any art outside Europe; always defaulting to the male pronoun and in fact only naming one (**ONE**) female artist. This is really "The Story of Western European Male Art". But, I honestly don't think it's worth being upset about his biases. Complaining that b...
  • Erdinç
    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
    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...
  • محمد فرد
    کتاب به شدت خوبی بود. البته همون طور که نویسنده در انتهای کتاب اشاره می کنه، روند دار کردن هنر تا حد زیادی امکان پذیر نیست و نمی شه خیلی قانون مند سبک ها رو پشت سر هم قرار داد. به این دلیل که همیشه افراد نو آور بودن و شاید مثلا گذشته ها کسانی بودن که کتا...
  • 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...
  • Sepide Fallah
    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...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    A very conservative treatment of mostly western art focusing mostly and the Renaissance and giving short shrift to impressionism and anything after 1850. Very good treatment of the things it does cover but I would have liked a little more space devoted to more modern art.
  • Pooya Kiani
    یکی از بهترین کادوهایی که به خودم دادم.