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on 17 January 2002
Even though the book is old, and the language scientific, there are many clues here for the interrogative artist. With a focus on history and the evolving of imagery, we are left with a greater understanding of the illustrators task. A truly fun read, attempting to explain why people perceive and interpret as they do.
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on 8 April 2015
I just started reading the book but it has all the seeings of a Gombrich book. I know is going to be an interesting reading! Also the book arrived in perfect condition, it doesn't even look used!
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on 29 January 2016
Typical art book
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on 25 April 2015
Exceptional book
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on 30 January 2013
Gombrich dedicated himself, in this book, to applying his old friend Karl Popper's ideas in the philosophy of science to the process of artistic creation and the history of art and visual representations.

Gombrich's brilliant rhetoric cannot disguise the failure of his project. This was partly because Popper's ideas were seriously flawed and therefore not a firm basis for Gombrich's theories, and partly because Gombrich relied on a faulty psychological theory of perception. There is also a pervasive confusion apparent in his discussion of the processes of creation and perception of art on the one hand, and naturalistic perception on the other.

It is a mystery to me how this book has acquired such a mystique for its supposed depth of intellect and insight. It is a triumph of style over substance and a pleasure to read, but as a contribution to its topic, it is banal. Gombrich's failure to say anything about non-representational art is just one index of its lack of content.
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on 19 May 2015
Brilliant
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on 21 July 2015
complex
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on 24 October 2007
The classic Gombrich text, old fashioned, and a bit rambling, but all-in-all well worth the price.
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on 17 November 2013
arrived promptly and in good condition. the book is a good resource for people who want a deeper appreciation of art.
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