The Story of Art is the name of the most famous work by Ernst Hans Gombrich which hasn’t captivated only lovers of art history but also those for whom the art is just a hobby. It is a brief overview of history of art from antique to modern times which entertains the reader mainly with its written form.
This book will provide a comprehensive overview of European art and the events that have been associated with it, or vice versa. In addition, there are also high quality colour reproductions of individual artworks.
E. H. Gombrich offers in this book a new perspective on art. It is not just the dates and the painters associated with them but cleverly he points out that the various periods interact between each other. Furthermore, the author considers many interesting questions, such as whether the Egyptians, who were a very advanced civilization, really could not portray a human or animal realistically, or just did not have the need of an anatomically correct depiction.
The readers will also find stories about the artists in the book. Whether they are more or less true, reading them will incredibly diversify and simplify the studying of history for you.
The book has a slightly higher price however it is a really good investment. It should certainly not be missing in the library of any art lover, as well as other books of the world-famous theorist and art historian Sir Ernst Hans Gombrich. This book rightly deserves to be not only on the shelf of your library but also among titles such as the famous ten-volume set of books on history of art by José Pijoan.