The Story of Art

The Story of Art

Book - 1995
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Grand Central Pub

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

For the first time in many years the book has been completely redesigned. The illustrations, now in color throughout, have all been improved and reoriginated, and include six fold‐outs. The text has been revised and updated where appropriate, and a number of significant new artists have been incorporated. The bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and the maps and charts redrawn.

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 new edition is true to its much‐loved predecessors: the text runs as smoothly as ever and the improved illustrations are always on the page where the reader needs them. In its new edition, this classic work continues its triumphant progress tirelessly for yet another generation, to remain the title of first choice for any newcomer to art or the connoisseur.


Baker & Taylor
A world best-seller for over four decades presents the history of art as a single unfolding narrative, "a living chain that still links our own time with the Pyramid age." It owes its lasting popularity to the directness and simplicity of Gombrich's writing. Original.

& Taylor

An illustrated introduction to art appreciation with a survey of the major art periods and styles and descriptions of the work and world of the masters

Publisher: London : Phaidon Press, Ltd., 1995
Edition: 16th ed., expanded and redesigned
ISBN: 9780714832470
Characteristics: 688 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Oct 18, 2014

Gombrich is a wonderful writer who tells the history of art in clear, conversational language that makes the reading both educational and entertaining. The numerous colored photographs enhance the experience, though, as Gombrich insists, one must see the works of art in person to fully appreciate them.


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