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The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
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Jun 07, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone interested in Art
Read in January, 1986

For anyone looking for a basic grounding in Art through the ages, this is the book to choose. It is clear, concise and filled with information. The text is not dense but rather draws the reader in, introducing him to periods and styles and artists in a fascinating and lively account. The book is worth buying for the high quality of the illustrations alone, and anyone who reads it will have a considerably greater appreciation of Art than they perhaps expected. The emphasis is on Painting but Sculpture and Architecture are also presented in a fluid and descriptive fashion. It sets out to place the works in a historical context, helping us to understand events and influences of the time. A rare gem of a book.
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