The Uses of Images

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This is a collection of essays by the world's most famous art historian E.H. Gombrich. In this wide-ranging volume (the tenth in the series), Professor Gombrich focuses on the role of supply and demand in the creation of images of all kinds. In so doing, he brings together and develops many of the ideas and themes in the social history of art that have preoccupied him through a lifetime of research and reflection.

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Sir Ernst Gombrich 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 sixteenth edition - is one of the most influential books ever written about art. His books further include The Sense of Order (1979) and The Preference for the Primitive (2002), as well as a total of 11 volumes of collected essays and reviews.Gombrich was born in Vienna in 1909 and died in London in November 2001. He came to London in 1936 to work at the Warburg Institute, where he eventually became Director from 1959 until his retirement in 1976. He won numerous international honours, including a knighthood, the Order of Merit and the Goethe, Hegel and Erasmus prizes. Gifted with a powerful mind and prodigious memory, he was also an outstanding communicator, with a clear and forceful prose style. His works are models of good art-historical writing, and reflect his humanism and his deep and abiding concern with the standards and values of our cultural heritage.

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Gombrich, perhaps the most celebrated art historian of our time, presents his tenth collection of essays. Through an examination of frescoes, altar paintings, luxury objects, pictures for the home, outdoor sculpture, pictorial satire, doodles, and pictorial instructions, he encourages us to view "art as task," a notion put forth by historian Jacob Burckhardt. The function assigned by society to an image will affect its shape and appearance. What we see as stylistic change and artistic interpretation is really an artist's adaptation to this assignmentAeach work of art meets a demand of some sort. Gombrich states in his introduction that readers can consider each chapter separately or view the book as a whole, with Burckhardt's notion in mind. More connective material would have been welcome, though, or at least a stronger conclusion. Any work by this master historian helps shed light on the place of art in the human experience, but this volume is only a necessary purchase for art and art history collections.ANadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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