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The Story of Art

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  88,647 ratings  ·  309 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 16th edition, 688 pages
Published April 9th 1995 by Phaidon Press (first published 1st 1950)
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Charlie
If you don't know anything about art and wish you did, The Story of Art will help. It will ONLY help you to understand art according to a modernist, Western European narrative. If you want to critique art, this is a pretty important narrative to understand, due to its dominance in the field of art theory (I mean, as far as I know). Gombrich covers painting, sculpture, and architecture from pre-history to the mid-twentieth century. He explains what makes particular artists so important by placing ...more
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 movements they represent, and ties them together with cla ...more
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 quickly and sure footedly through the eras and ad ...more
Rosenkavalier
Autodidatti di tutto il mondo, uniamoci

Antefatto: 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, resomi conto di quel che mi ero perso, ho cominciato
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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."
Vicky
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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 like and why you like it, but I got the distinct im ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich (1909 - 2001)
عنوان: تاریخ هنر؛ اثر: ارنست جان گامبریچ؛ مترجم: علی رامین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر نی، 1379، در 674 ص، مصور بخشی رنگی، نقشه، نمودار، شابک چاپ پنجم در سال 1387: 9789643124700؛ وازه نامه دارد، نمایه، کتابنامه از ص 639 تا 647 موضوع: تاریخ هنر

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;beautifulphotographs,lucid descriptions, no jargon, nopretension. 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 fold-outs [ooh la la:]). The text is written simply – without
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Beth Shapeero
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 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 everybody shops online, I am pretty sure we will se
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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 steep, then found it last year on sale in Central Lond
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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.


Gombrich love
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. Καλογραμμένο, απλό, εμπεριέχει τα πάντα. Θα κλείσω και με ένα απόσπασμα από την εισαγωγή του Gombrich, που έγινε η αιτία να με κερδίσει και με έκανε να το ξεκοκαλίσω όλο.

«...η Τέχνη - με κεφαλαίο Τ - δεν υπάρχει. Γιατί η Τέχνη με κεφαλαίο Τ κατάντησε
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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 interested in what I just ate for lunch.

So with that shamef
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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 beside the text and the author avoids "pretentious
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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 p cagionevole sull'arte moderna e contemporanea; a parer mio no. L'effetto 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 XX secolo ed in particolare a NY e LA. Mi permetto di s ...more
Michael Scott
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 the main works and styles of art, from 30,000 BC until the 20th century. (The 16th edition includes material from up to around the late 1980s, in terms of art critique, and early 1970s, in terms of artworks.) The book
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Emilian Kasemi
Nje introdukte e shkelqyer ne historine e Artit - sidomos per ata qe si puna ime jan amatore por te apasionuar e duan te din dicka me teper rreth kesaj fushe - e shkruar thjeshte, paster, qarte dhe bukur pa shume pompozitet e shtremberime te llojit te nje kritiku snobist te Artit.
Personalisht leximi i tij me kenaqi e me shplodhi si te thuash duke qene dhe njekohesisht shume edukativ. Me pelqejn sidomos kapitujt mbi Rilindjen Italiane, periudha qe me mire mendoj i pershtatet emertimit "Artet e b
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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.
Tim Murray
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 really helped me to 'get' art.

Since reading this book I have taken up painting myself as well as regularly going to art galleries and museums.

Having said all this, the book can be a bit dry sometimes and you can feel
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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 کتاب یا اثری خلاف عرف و سبک غالب جامعشون نوشتن و اینا یه طورایی توی این تقسیم بندی ها حذف می شن.
اما در نهایت مجبوریم این طور تقسیم بندی کنیم.
کتاب جدا مفیدی بود و تنها ایرادی که داشت بررسی بسیار بسیار کم تاریخ هنر شرق بود. ایران در اون به شدت کم سهم
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InMyHumbleOpinion:D
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 post impressionism 40 times and the section and mannerism at least half that. but if your not interested, this won't read like fiction, or any kind of even remotely intersting text. to some its like reading the dicton ...more
Cynthia
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 all this funky contemporary art; even if I still don't necessary like or understand it, at least I kind of feel I see where it's coming from. Really a great book if you want a basic intro to the history of art.
Zanna
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 considerable proportion of Gombrich's wisdom has stayed with me. Naturally the presumption to offer a monolithic story of art is absurd - but this particular story is well worth sharing.
Uaba
Mar 18, 2009 Uaba rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: artists, architects, designers
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 entered architecture graduation college. It helped me a lot.
June
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 the artist in the creation..
highly recommended
Paola
Sono solo agli inizi ma la trovo splendida, e così intelligentemente concepita, e didatticamente fantastica per chi come me vuole avere più strumenti in testa per non stare davanti a un quadro con una faccia ebete a cercare di capirci qualcosa, facendo commenti a capocchia, o meglio puramente soggettivi: mi piace non mi piace, che vuole dirmi... boh... mah...chissà, magari se lo giro... o mi metto io a testa in giù...
Fine lettura
503 pagine di puro apprendimento e si leggono come… un romanzo.
Alla
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Mina Villalobos
This is not a breezy book. Art, as I had always encountered it, was always rather stuffy and rather incomprehensible, and that was kind of okay? Like, I didn't mind not getting it because Art and I Were Just Not That Close. The funny thing is that this book seriously puts you *there* with art, it tells you all the context you need to know to not feel like art is something people bullshit you about with long-winded commentaries or that you look at a museum and say 'Yeeeep yep yep yep. A.. picture ...more
thom
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.

Still, up to and including the beginning of the 20th Century, it's a fascinating read, and contains a wonderful history that charts most of the major movements and gives a great overview of how different sections of west
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Bookaholic
„S-o spunem clar, de la început, «arta» nu are existență proprie. Există doar artiști.” – așa își începe Gombrich Istoria artei, poate cel mai bine conceput studiu despre artă și evoluția ei. Fraza aceasta este poate cea mai potrivită pentru a vă face o idee cât se poate de limpede despre viziunea lui Gombrich și despre modul în care acesta reușește să li se adreseze atât specialiștilor, cât și celor care abia acum se familiarizează cu istoria artei. Arta nu are existență în sine, este doar repr ...more
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Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, OM, CBE (30 March 1909 – 3 November 2001) was an Austrian-born art historian, who spent most of his working life in the United Kingdom.

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