The Story of Art: Pocket Edition

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The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over half a century. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

For this new, compact edition The Story of Art has been completely redesigned, giving a fresh perspective to ...

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Overview

The Story of Art, one of the most famous and popular books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over half a century. Attracted by the simplicity and clarity of his writing, readers of all ages and backgrounds have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating his deep love of the subject.

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.

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The simplicity and clarity of the text (written by a great historian) makes this classic work the ideal introduction for newcomers to art history. With color illustrations throughout, it is a pleasure to read and a pleasure to handle.
Library Journal
Phaidon Press has produced a much-improved edition of Sir Ernst Gombrich's classic narrative study of art history, which was first published in 1950. Among the many competing introductory textsthe central monuments of which are H.W. Janson's History of Art (Prentice, 1986. 4th. ed.) and Helen Gardner's Art Through the Ages (4th ed. o.p.)Gombrich's venerable work has inhabited a unique niche, having been created specifically for newcomers to art. As his title indicates, he presents the whole of art history as a chronological narrative. Gombrich's voice is lively, opinionated, and almost conversational, yet his erudition shines through to make a book that is both accessible and informative. His premise, that the love of art, not the love of history, is the appropriate basis for its study is communicated directly with his irrepressible enthusiasm for certain masters and his passionate exasperation with 20th century nonobjective artists. While much of the text is unchanged, the format has been completely redesigned with vastly expanded illustrations, improved captions, better charts and an excellent index. This book belongs on every art-lover's bedside table, and even those libraries owning an earlier edition would not regret adding this refinement of an already first-rate work. Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714847030
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2006
  • Edition description: POCKET
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 1044
  • Sales rank: 425,356
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
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
Chronological charts 655
Maps 664
List of illustrations by location 670
Index and glossary 674
Acknowledgements 687
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Proven to be an excellent supplement

    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.

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