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For this new, compact edition The Story of Art has been completely redesigned, giving a fresh perspective to ...
For this new, compact edition The Story of Art has been completely redesigned, giving a fresh perspective to Gombrich's well-loved text. The illustrations, collected together in a separate section towards the back of the book for easy reference, vividly illustrate the lively and engaging narrative and are in colour throughout.
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 pocket edition is no exception, combining smoothly flowing text with a clear, simple design in a convenient and accessible format. The new edition allows this classic work to continue its triumphant progress for another generation, and to remain the title of first choice for all newcomers to art.
The most famous and popular book on art ever published, this quintessential "introduction to art" has been a worldwide bestseller for over four decades. In this completely redesigned 16th edition, Gombrich, a true master, combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject. 440 illustrations, 376 in color.
|Introduction: On art and artists||15|
|1||Strange Beginnings: Prehistoric and primitive peoples; Ancient America||39|
|2||Art for Eternity: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete||55|
|3||The Great Awakening: Greece, seventh to fifth century BC||75|
|4||The Realm of Beauty: Greece and the Greek world, fourth century BC to first century AD||99|
|5||World Conquerors: Romans, Buddhists, Jews and Christians, first to fourth century AD||117|
|6||A Parting of Ways: Rome and Byzantium, fifth to thirteenth century||133|
|7||Looking Eastwards: Islam, China, second to thirteenth century||143|
|8||Western Art in the Melting Pot: Europe, sixth to eleventh century||157|
|9||The Church Militant: The twelfth century||171|
|10||The Church Triumphant: The thirteenth century||185|
|11||Courtiers and Burghers: The fourteenth century||207|
|12||The Conquest of Reality: The early fifteenth century||223|
|13||Tradition and Innovation I: The later fifteenth century in Italy||247|
|14||Tradition and Innovation II: The fifteenth century in the North||269|
|15||Harmony Attained: Tuscany and Rome, early sixteenth century||287|
|16||Light and Colour: Venice and northern Italy, early sixteenth century||325|
|17||The New Learning Spreads: Germany and the Netherland, early sixteenth century||341|
|18||A Crisis of Art: Europe, later sixteenth century||361|
|19||Vision and Visions: Catholic Europe, first half of the seventeenth century||387|
|20||The Mirror of Nature: Holland, seventeenth century||413|
|21||Power and Glory I: Italy, later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries||435|
|22||Power and Glory II: France, Germany and Austria, late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries||447|
|23||The Age of Reason: England and France, eighteenth century||457|
|24||The Break in Tradition: England, America and France, late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries||475|
|25||Permanent Revolution: The nineteenth century||499|
|26||In Search of New Standards: The late nineteenth century||535|
|27||Experimental Art: The first half of the twentieth century||557|
|28||A Story Without End|
|The triumph of Modernism||599|
|Another turning of the tide||618|
|The changing past||626|
|A note on art books||638|
|List of illustrations by location||670|
|Index and glossary||674|
Posted February 20, 2010
I purchased this book as an alternative to buying the recommended text for an art history class I'm talking online through a local college. I have used it to supplement the online content and videos used for instruction, and in such capacity it's been invaluable. I've only used the first twenty chapters so far, but am impressed by the works included in Gombrich's discussions and the care he took to make the chapters accessible -- it seems to be all to easy for art history books to jump about within a period and confuse the timelines.
The book focuses almost exclusively on Western art, with a nod to Eastern cultures during the Dark Age drought. This should be expected for an entry-level art history text, however, as it's quite common to learn about what you most often see first, then expand your discoveries to other cultures. Regardless, the chapters are a bit short and I get the impression that more advanced texts are needed to enable deeper learning of the intricacies of particular periods.
In all, a fine supplement and the perfect size for the mobile student or layman.
Posted September 5, 2010
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