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The Story of Art, Luxury Edition
Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text - the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student
For more than 60 years Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art has been a global bestseller - with more than 8 million copies sold - the perfect introduction to art history, from the earliest cave paintings to art of the twentieth century, a masterpiece of clarity and personal insight. This classic book is currently in its 16th edition and has been translated into more than 30 languages, and published in numerous formats and editions. Now, for the first time, this Luxury Edition is the ultimate gift purchase for all art lovers - a perfect keepsake to treasure, and to inspire future generations.
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"Like every art historian of my generation, my way of thinking about pictures has been in large measure shaped by Ernst Gombrich. I was 15 when I read The Story of Art and like millions since, I felt I had been given a map of a great country, and with it the confidence to explore further without fear of being overwhelmed."-Neil MacGregor, former Director of the National Gallery, London, 1995 "Almost as well known as the Mona Lisa, Sir ErnstGombrich's The Story of Art unites learning and pleasure."-Pierre Rosenberg, President-Directeur, Musee du Louvre, Paris "More people... have been introduced to the world of fine art, in the last 45 years, though Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art than through any other single book."-Christopher Frayling, Professor of Cultural History, Royal College of Art, London "The country's bestselling book on art, never out of print, still in demand (and not just by students) and one of the few 'gift books' that actually gets read. The work is not so simplistic as the title implies, but it is this very title that rendered the book enormously attractive in 1950 to a new sort of book buyer: the self-educator. This field was set to grow, publishers eagerly wooing punters into buying the one big book on every impossibly massive but key subject. But with Gombrich, art was all sewn up."-The Times "The Story of Art has just about everything you need to follow the course of art from cave painting to David Hockney. I am surprised it's not yet been placed in hotels on the bedside table along with Gideon's Bible since Gombrich is as authoritative as the voice of God. The book has always been a pleasure to read and handle, the colour plates, now with many new additions, are excellent and the text is clear and straightforward, devoid of both pedantry and academic tedium."-The Birmingham Post "As a humane, uncomplicated but unpatronising account of art from prehistoric cave daubs to twentieth-century splurges, Gombrich's Story of Art is just what its title promises: more of a story than a work of reference, yet that as well."-Business Weekly "A wise and wide-ranging introduction to art history that will last and last."-The List "Lucid and endlessly informative."-The Good Book Guide "His populist approach comes from his childhood in Vienna, where art was for everyone, not just for stuffed shirts."-The Mail on Sunday "Thinking about building your dream library and brightening your coffee table with eye-candy and conversation starters? Look no further than Phaidon books."-Big Life Magazine "Gombrich's The Story of Art was the very first book I bought on Art... An ideal book for anybody who is just discovering Art for the first time. He is accessible without talking down. He looks at the great masterpieces and only writes about what he can illustrate. The illustrations are wonderful."-MatureTimes.co.uk "...Has made art history accessible to generations of readers."-The Hollywood Reporter Online "The ultimate gift purchase for all art lovers - a perfect keepsake to treasure and to inspire future generations."-WhatsGoodOnline.co.uk