September 1995 edition, revised and completely redesigned with over
350 colour illustrations, of a book which has established itself
since its first (1950) edition as the most readable, lucid and
informative on its subject. Covering the whole world of art from
the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux to the experimental art
of the 20th century and what he calls 'the triumph of Modernism',
Professor Gombrich is as perfect a guide to the work of Dal' and
Jackson Pollock as to that of Michelangelo, Holbein and Hogarth.
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 colour 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.
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