The Story of Art

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 This text is the 16th revised and updated edition of this introduction to art, from the earliest cave paintings to experim...

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Title:The Story of Art
Author:E.H. Gombrich
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Genres:Art
ISBN:The Story of Art
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:688 pages pages

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  • Namrirru
    Jul 12, 2007
    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. Othewis...
  • Cynthia
    Apr 25, 2010
    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 a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Mar 24, 2009
    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 a...
  • Rick
    Jul 30, 2011
    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 ...
  • Ryan
    Aug 20, 2009
    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;beautifulphotographs,lucid descriptions, no jargon, nopretension. I recommend that you read the short preface and first chapter, and I bet that you...
  • thom
    Aug 29, 2008
    I agree with a lot of the other reviewers, that this should strictly be called the story of Western art, since there is little in there that's either from outside Europe or the US, and when there is, it's normally to illustrate the past of something that was American or European. St...
  • Christopher
    Feb 19, 2018
    SOA is actually an art appreciation book disguised as history, which probably explains why it is so deeply loved all over the world. Gombrich spends a good 85% of his time simply talking about individual pieces. Like any good tour guide, he merely explains a few details, gets out of th...
  • David
    Aug 23, 2010
    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 illus...
  • AC
    May 31, 2010
    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, absolu...
  • Michael Scott
    Jun 04, 2011
    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 ...
  • Uaba
    Mar 18, 2009
    This is the most complete book about The History of Art. It talks about all kinds of artistic expressions and it's organized by period of time. It contains a lot of pictures of famous paintings, sculptures, buildings, of anything related to art. It was the first book I bought when I en...
  • David
    Nov 11, 2009
    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 di...
  • John David
    Oct 05, 2010
    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...
  • InMyHumbleOpinion:D
    Oct 08, 2010
    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 pos...
  • Beth Shapeero
    May 15, 2011
    The Storey of Art E. M. Gombrich I 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 be...
  • Morgane
    Jul 21, 2012
    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 (**ON...
  • June
    Oct 17, 2012
    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 th...
  • Roy Lotz
    Jun 03, 2013
    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...
  • Carol
    Feb 09, 2016
    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...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 18, 2015
    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. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 11, 2017
    A great book for learning and understanding art. This book was interesting to me because I worked for a time at an art gallery. I learned a lot then about art appreciation, and learned more from this book. The text is very readable and the pictures are beautiful. Great coffee table boo...
  • Zanna
    Jul 30, 2013
    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 place I was fascinated from the start, and a relatively ...
  • Tim Murray
    Jan 03, 2014
    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 rea...
  • Lorna
    May 19, 2019
    An excellent introduction to the history of European art. Accessible and great for building a narrative timeline. ...
  • Lisa
    Jun 26, 2014
    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 t...
  • Luís C.
    Aug 20, 2014
    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 h...
  • Miquel Reina
    Nov 03, 2015
    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 ...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Sep 01, 2016
    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 ...
  • Lea Dokter
    Jan 04, 2017
    Nice "introduction" (of around 650 pages, ahem) into art history. Gombrich is anything but objective, but equally enthousiastic about almost everything. It's a shame this book is too old to thoroughly incorporate art after 1950, and honestly it was hell to get through at the pace my co...
  • Jose C.
    Mar 13, 2019
    A marvelous book. Great introduction for beginners like me. Now I can understand a lot more, the paintings, sculptures and buildings that always amazed me. ...