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The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
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it was amazing

Gombrich serves as a fantastic tour-guide through the ages of art. In simple language, he helps us appreciate the phenomenon of art, its grand triumphs, its unique personalities, its diverse aims. A wonderful book to read and re-read to survey some of humanity's greatest artistic achievements across 5,000 years of history. The full-color illustrations are a great aid to the book, and it's much appreciated that Gombrich refers to the illustrated art throughout so we learn to see art as an interconnected, progressive tradition (Gombrich also acknowledges that, while generally useful, a single story of art can be a misleading oversimplification). One might be quick to fault the book for what it lacks--it stops after about mid-20th century, it heavily favors Western creations--but for an accessible introductory text, it doesn't get better than this.

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Reading Progress

March 14, 2015 – Started Reading
March 14, 2015 – Shelved
May 9, 2015 – Finished Reading

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