The Story of Art, Paperback
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The Story of Art, one of the best-known and best-loved books on art ever written, has been a world bestseller for over half a century.

Professor Gombrich's clear and engaging text combines with hundreds of full-colour illustrations to trace the history of art in an unfolding narrative, from primitive cave paintings to controversial art works of the present day. This pocket edition presents The Story of Art in a compact format with an entirely new design, giving Gombrich's classic work a new acessibility and opening it up to an even wider readership than it currently enjoys.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1064 pages, 382 col, 64 b&w ill.
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
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  • Category: History of art / art & design styles
  • ISBN: 9780714847030



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I loved this book. It explains in a very lively and understandable way (with, I'm sure, some simplification) the history of western art. The love of the author for his subject and for all those past artists is palpable and communicative. A great introduction and an enjoyable read.

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Gombrich's "The Story of Art" takes on a very formidable challenge: to tell the history and story of art from its earlier inception thousands of years ago up to the present day (which for Gombrich was 1989). It helps that he does so with the help of colored reproductions of the art he highlights; "The Story of Art" has over 400 figures/pictures within.Gombrich not only manages to succeed in telling the story of art, but he does so in an incredibly-accessible and lively manner. "The Story of Art" does not read like an academic tome (though it is as well researched as any!), nor does it require any prior knowledge. As such, it really does make an incredible introduction to the often-confusing and often-misrepresented world of fine art.

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