The Story of Art

The Story of Art❮KINDLE❯ ❄ The Story of Art Author E.H. Gombrich – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk This text is the th revised and updated edition of this introduction to art, from the earliest cave paintings to experimental art Eight new artists from the modern period have been introduced They are This text is the th revised and updated edition of this introduction to art, from the earliest cave paintings to experimental art Eight new artists from the modern period have been introduced They are Corot, Kollwitz, Nolde, de Chirico, Brancussi, Magritte, Nicolson and Morandi A sequence of new endings have been added, and the captions are now fuller, including the medium and dimension of the works illustrated Six fold outs present selected large scale works They are Van Eyck s Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo s Last Supper, Botticelli s Birth of Venus, Jackson Pollock s One Number ,, The Story PDF or Van der Weyden s Descent from the Cross and Michelangelo s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Reflecting on my reading year 2016, I came to think of books that have meant a lot to me over the past decades, and the first one that came to my mind was Gombrich s excellent introduction to art history I will have to go back twenty years, half my life, to the year 1996 I am twenty years old, and just about to discover the pleasurable adventure called university For Christmas, I receive a much longed for gift card to buy books that will help me in my studies , and I stand in a bookstore, on Reflecting on my reading year 2016, I came to think of books that have meant a lot to me over the past decades, and the first one that came to my mind was Gombrich s excellent introduction to art history I will have to go back twenty years, half my life, to the year 1996 I am twenty years old, and just about to discover the pleasurable adventure called university For Christmas, I receive a much longed for gift card to buy books that will help me in my studies , and I stand in a bookstore, one of those exquisite, inexhaustible bookstores on several floors that German university cities provide, and I am browsing through options I probably spend hours there I can still feel the time pass, while I look, think, go through history, art, literature I pick a book, then another one, andstill, until I have to bring one back Gift card value is weighed against all these lovely, lovely possibilities.At this moment in time, I own one Billy bookshelf, and it is not filled yet, as my children s books and classics are left at my parents house What do I pick I don t remember the fiction, but I do remember picking a start of the term offer , Mayersches Taschenlexikon, in 34 volumes, rarely used, as the internet takes over soon, and it is inconvenient to look up definitions by going through entries in alphabetical order Some time between 1996 and now, it falls victim to one of our many moves between cities and countries I don t have it any I bought it out of duty.I choose one extravaganza Gombrich A German hardback copy, beautifully illustrated, taking a huge chunk of the gift card money I start reading as soon as I come home And almost magically, it opens up the world of art to me I learn why Egyptians walk like Egyptians , I discover Rubens, Bernini, Raphael, Leonardo, and Delacroix,and Canova, Manet and Monet, and Picasso, Duchamp and, and, and I discover the world through a visual prism Ever since then, Gombrich has followed my path I soon come to read hisspecialised works on form, function and symbolism in Renaissance art, I learn about his life, deeply influenced by 20th century history, and I keep going back to The Story Of Art whenever I need to take a step back and look at general ideas again And I steal my mother s Swedish copy I want to read it aloud to my children, and they are only used to their father reading in German, and me in Swedish So in order not to confuse themthan necessary in their Babylonian curse, I read it in Swedish, the stolen goods And what a help that has been in the many museums around the world that my children have visited over the years They recognise their Gombrich when they see it Two years ago, my eldest son wants a copy in English, in order to be able to quote from it And of course I can t resist buying it for him, at a shop inside the British Museum So we have three copies, and I would not be beyond buying one in French, at a shop in the Louvre, maybe, just for the silliness of owning a favourite in so many different shapes For they are all slightly different in layout, but equally satisfying visually and textually.I still recommend it to whoever wants a clear, concise, lovable account of the history starting with cave paintings in Lascaux, and moving forwards still, mirroring humanity in its need to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through the medium of art.My children and I will now be reading A Little History of the World, which Gombrich wrote expressly for children, and YES we read it in Swedish And YES, we have it in English as well And NO one Billy bookshelf is not even enough for our children s books any This is The Story Of Lisa And The Story Of Art, to be continued The story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich 1909 2001 The Story of Art, by E H Gombrich, is a survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era First published in 1950 by Phaidon, the book is widely regarded both as a seminal work of criticism and as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts The book is divided into an introduction, 27 chapters each dealing with a defined time period of art history within one or several cultural geographic contexts, and a concl The story of Art, Ernst Hans Gombrich 1909 2001 The Story of Art, by E H Gombrich, is a survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era First published in 1950 by Phaidon, the book is widely regarded both as a seminal work of criticism and as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts The book is divided into an introduction, 27 chapters each dealing with a defined time period of art history within one or several cultural geographic contexts, and a concluding chapter summarizing the latest developments in visual arts 2001 1379 674 1387 9789643124700 639 647 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 This book was perfect For someone like myself who now has a little knowledge of Art the capital letter here is deliberate and some sense of history but who has big gaps and oceans of ignorance about the topic this book was perfect It is mature, serious, to the point, absolutely free of jargon, sure, insightful always interesting, never pedantic and not eccentric in the least Gombrich covers all the major artists and the movements they represent, and ties them together with cla This book was perfect For someone like myself who now has a little knowledge of Art the capital letter here is deliberate and some sense of history but who has big gaps and oceans of ignorance about the topic this book was perfect It is mature, serious, to the point, absolutely free of jargon, sure, insightful always interesting, never pedantic and not eccentric in the least Gombrich covers all the major artists and the movements they represent, and ties them together with clarity Like one of our most knowledgeable friends on the art circuit at goodreads, he is discerning, but not judgmental Indeed, Gombrich s account of the development of modern art up until World War II is fabulous, though brief Gombrich is much less upbeat onrecent trends he mentions Pop, but quite deliberately it seems refuses to even mention Warhol s name.I know that it s very difficult for people who know a great deal about something to recommend or even read introductory books But for anyone looking for a book of this sort, this is definitely a winner The Story of Art is a handy little survey of art history, primarily but not exclusively western art, from cave paintings and primitive sculptures to modern architecture and pop art It is 500 pages of text and that many pages of well synchronized color plates in a smart pocket edition by Phaidon Twenty eight chapters, mostly quite brief, but each a skillful, thoughtful rippling of the surface, with hints of depth and well defined currents moving quickly and sure footedly through the eras and ad The Story of Art is a handy little survey of art history, primarily but not exclusively western art, from cave paintings and primitive sculptures to modern architecture and pop art It is 500 pages of text and that many pages of well synchronized color plates in a smart pocket edition by Phaidon Twenty eight chapters, mostly quite brief, but each a skillful, thoughtful rippling of the surface, with hints of depth and well defined currents moving quickly and sure footedly through the eras and advances and changing perspectives on art and the role of the artist Gombrich isthan knowledgeable and yet manages to condense without condescending or reducing his narrative to trivial choices He brings the freshness that comes with the enthusiasm of discovery Of course, what he is sharing is not new to him, but sharing the works and his insights with the reader is new and exciting to him, and the enthusiasm is infectious The intended audience is younger readers than myself, high school and college age readers or adults new to art history But I found the book not just enjoyable but helpful and insightful Gombrich s prose is clear and crisp, and often charming Traveling through this great span of time with him is like taking a walk through all the great museums of the world with an elegantly minded expert at your elbow Gombrich s Story of Art is a great survey western oriented however of art for those who wish to know the big names and get familiar with some of thecommon works He covers all the various periods in a sufficient amount of detail without sounding pedantic or academic which is a challenge when explaining art history I would just lament the lack of information about art in China, India, S America and of course Africa, but that is kind of how Europeans have always viewed art, isn t it.It r Gombrich s Story of Art is a great survey western oriented however of art for those who wish to know the big names and get familiar with some of thecommon works He covers all the various periods in a sufficient amount of detail without sounding pedantic or academic which is a challenge when explaining art history I would just lament the lack of information about art in China, India, S America and of course Africa, but that is kind of how Europeans have always viewed art, isn t it.It remains nonetheless a great starter for someone who wants to get their feet wet Just a dozen or so pages into this book, I knew that it was one I wish I would have had access to when I was first seriously exposed to art While in many respects, it is a conservative textbook being first published in 1950 , it is fundamentally meant for someone who has little to no previous formal contact with art history Of course, if you have some, this can make you seriously engage some of your previously held assumptions about what you like and why you like it, but I got the distinct im Just a dozen or so pages into this book, I knew that it was one I wish I would have had access to when I was first seriously exposed to art While in many respects, it is a conservative textbook being first published in 1950 , it is fundamentally meant for someone who has little to no previous formal contact with art history Of course, if you have some, this can make you seriously engage some of your previously held assumptions about what you like and why you like it, but I got the distinct impression while reading that it was meant to initiate a teenager a teenager who very much reminded of me of myself into a whole new world The inclusions and exclusions of certain artists are, of course, always arbitrary However, Gombrich s choices do not deviate too much from a standard art history text What particularly drew me to the book was what I perceived to be its inordinate focus on medieval and especially Renaissance art Of the twenty eight chapters included in the book, about five mostly focus on Western medieval images 6 and 8 11 Another six chapters 13 18 focus on the art of the Western Renaissance Most surveys of art history to which I had been previously exposed paid scant attention to medieval art and they sometimes did not give the Renaissance the space that I felt it deserved There is no doubt the medieval and Renaissance art Gombrich s pet periods here and, admittedly, they re mine, too What makes it so special is that, instead of spending the first chapter in an abstract exercise of thinking about what Art is, he forces you over and over again to take the art on its own terms While discussing the various visual perspectives painted by the artist of The Garden of Nebamun, he says To us reliefs and wall paintings provide an extraordinarily vivid picture of life as it was lived in Egypt thousands of years ago And yet, looking at them for the first time, one may find them rather bewildering The reason is that the Egyptian painters had a very different way from ours of representing real life Perhaps this is connected with the different purpose their paintings had to serve What mattered most was not prettiness but completeness It was the artists task to preserve everything as clearly and permanently as possible So they did not set out to sketch nature as it appeared to them from any fortuitous angle p 60 It is the occasional insight like this that makes the book most worthwhile for a neophyte After all, how many of us have measured something we saw by the standards of our particular narrow time and place He really drives home the point that thinking about art seriously means thinking about other perspectives both literally and figuratively , other preoccupations, and other aesthetic modus operandi This is a lesson that should be lost on none of us, about art, or about anything else I should preface everything I say with a general caveat I am a novice in the world of art, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place Although I often drew as a child, I wasinterested in schematic, technical drawings than anything you could call art And, despite my keen appreciation of music and fiction, I ve always had the visual equivalent of a tin ear I could stand in front of a masterpiece and beinterested in what I just ate for lunch So with that sham I should preface everything I say with a general caveat I am a novice in the world of art, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place Although I often drew as a child, I wasinterested in schematic, technical drawings than anything you could call art And, despite my keen appreciation of music and fiction, I ve always had the visual equivalent of a tin ear I could stand in front of a masterpiece and beinterested in what I just ate for lunch So with that shameful admission out of the way, on to the review In a book such as this, there are bound to be almost as many people disappointed as impressed It s the curse of the writer of survey books to reduce the scope of the material down to the size of one volume, enormous omissions are inevitable If sales alone are the to be the rubric, then Gombrich must be considered a tremendous success nevertheless, many whose favorite paintings and sculptures were passed over without mention or comment will likely be irked It should also be said that his treatment of primitive art is hopelessly uninformed and, despite his best efforts, condescending Additionally, this book hardly touches on non European art Due to my general ignorance, I was none too bothered by this In fact, it was just what the doctor ordered Gombrich sweeps the reader through Western history, allowing just enough time for some quick rubber necking at the sites along the way What you get is a brief who s who, and the general lay of the land Of course, anyone with an even moderate interest in art history will have to fill in the quite sizable gaps left by this method, but that s to be expected The only book somewhat similar to The Story of Art I ve read is Revolution in the Head, by Ian MacDonald a song by song analysis and critique of the Beatles s music That book highly recommended is astounding because MacDonald s ears are so frighteningly acute Although I have musical training and have been listening to the Beatles since my youth, MacDonald makes you hear their music in new and exciting ways, opening up a whole new aural world Gombrich does the same thing, but to a lesser extent, with the history of art He has a keen eye and,impressive, he is able to render technical analysis into the plainest of plain prose The reader s mind is not burdened by the slew of art history terms that are thrown at undergraduates in introductory classes Gombrich bypasses the linguistic apparatus and goes straight to what s really important the image on the canvass or the form on the marble, etc So, to bring this already too long review to a close, read The Story of Art for a clear, concise, and engaging introduction to the world of visual art It s not one stop shopping But then, what book is The title of this book should be The Story of Western Art, because that is what 95% of this book is Western Art The Primitive Art, Looking Eastwards and Modernism section are an insult and should have been left out of the text along with his random snide comments Othewise, this makes a nice commentary on Western Art It s enthusiastic and reads like a story. An excellent introduction to the history of European art Accessible and great for building a narrative timeline. I m speechless This is one of the deepest theoretically histories of art I have read I feel like I was walking naked in museum before reading it.Amazing book

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  • Hardcover
  • 688 pages
  • The Story of Art
  • E.H. Gombrich
  • English
  • 08 November 2018
  • 071483355X