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    DescriptionThis volume presents an accessible selection of Professor Gombrich's best and most characteristic writing, and introduces the general reader to his ideas and arguments on many fundamental questions. In these meticulously assimilated writings he discusses the nature of representation, the psychology of perception, the interpretation of images, the problems of theory and method, the idea of progress, and symbolism and meaning in art. Professor Gombrich's writings include three major narrative works - The Story of Art, Art and Illusion and The Sense of Order - plus 11 volumes of collected essays and reviews. This anthology brings together a selection from all these books and in addition six pieces not previously published by Phaidon. It thus introduces the reader to the entire range of Gombrich's thought. Richard Woodfield writes a general introduction, and provides extensive notes and guides to further reading.


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    Title
    The Essential Gombrich
    Subtitle
    Selected Writings on Art and Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ernst H. Gombrich, Commentator Richard Woodfield, Edited by Richard Woodfield, Foreword by Ernst H. Gombrich
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 624
    Width: 172 mm
    Height: 245 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,610 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780714830094
    ISBN 10: 0714830097
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: ABA
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15820
    Libri: I-AT
    DC22: 700
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    B&T Approval Code: A02080000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 701
    LC classification: N7445.2 .G574 1996, N7445.2.G5
    Illustrations note
    477 b&w illustrations, notes, index
    Publisher
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Publication date
    05 September 1996
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sir Ernst Gombrich (1909-2001) was one of the greatest and least conventional art historians of his age, achieving fame and distinction in three separate spheres: as a scholar, as a popularizer of art and as a pioneer of the application of the psychology of perception to the study of art. His best-known book, The Story of Art, first published 50 years ago and now in its 16th edition, is one of the most influential books aver written about art. Richard Woodfield is Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at Nottingham Trent University, and the editor of Reflections on the History of Art, a collection of E H Gombrich's book reviews.
    Review quote
    'To read these essays is to feel in close touch with a rare and crucial thing, a large mind at full tilt, curious, ambitious and civilized.' (The New York Times)
    Back cover copy
    Famous internationally as the author of The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich is also widely known for his contributions to the ideas and debates of our age. This volume presents an accessible selection of his best and most characteristic writing, and introduces the general reader to his thoughts and arguments on many fundamental questions, including the nature of representation, the psychology of perception, the interpretation of images, problems of theory and method, the idea of progress, and symbolism and meaning in art.
    Table of contents
    Autobiographical; the visual image; art and psychology; tradition and innovation; psychology and the decorative arts; primitivism and the primitive; on the nature of art history; alternatives to the "Spirit of Age"; on the meanings of works of art; high art and popular culture; Gombrich from within tradition.