'..lucid and endlessly informative..' The Good Book Guide
'…for everyone, not just for stuffed shirts.' The Mail on Sunday
'the country's bestselling book on art, never out of print, still in demand' The Times
'Gombrich's voice is lively, opinionated, and almost conversational, yet his erudition shines through to make a book that is both accessible and informative.' Library Journal
'this comprehensive look at Western art from prehistoric times on up to the present has been completely redesigned and extensively revised and updated.' Booklist
'Enjoy the most famous book on art ever published … This has been revamped for the first time since 1972, offering larger illustrations, more color, and improved text and coverage. Highly recommended.' Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Ernst Gombrich was one of the greatest and least conventional art historians of his age, achieving fame and distinction in three separate spheres: as a scholar, as a popularizer of art, and as a pioneer of the application of the psychology of perception to the study of art. His best-known book, The Story of Art - first published 50 years ago and now in its sixteenth edition - is one of the most influential books ever written about art. His books further include The Sense of Order (1979) and The Preference for the Primitive (2002), as well as a total of 11 volumes of collected essays and reviews.
Gombrich was born in Vienna in 1909 and died in London in November 2001. He came to London in 1936 to work at the Warburg Institute, where he eventually became Director from 1959 until his retirement in 1976. He won numerous international honours, including a knighthood, the Order of Merit and the Goethe, Hegel and Erasmus prizes.
Gifted with a powerful mind and prodigious memory, he was also an outstanding communicator, with a clear and forceful prose style. His works are models of good art-historical writing, and reflect his humanism and his deep and abiding concern with the standards and values of our cultural heritage.