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The first, best introduction to Art and Art History there is. Superb.,
This review is from: The Story of Art (Paperback)
It might be recommendation enough to see that this book has been in continual publication for nearly sixty years, but that's just the start. The one thing which really sets this work apart is Gombrich himself - his love for his subject, his unpretentious attitude and his humility and generosity of spirit. These shine through from the moment one reads the introduction: "There are no bad reasons for liking a painting; there are bad reasons for not liking a painting". Gombrich shows us that fine art isn't just the province of snobby, Courtauld Institute dons; it's for everyone, and accessing it is easy, and enjoyable.
Originally written for younger readers, that was in a time when 'younger readers' were expected to be substantially more literate than they are today, and adults won't feel at all talked-down-to.
This is the best-selling book on art in the world. There is a reason for that.