1. Richard in Chicago

    My 1972 Phaidon paperbound edition of The Story of Art with thick shiny pages is still in one piece, and in addition to serving as a handy dictionary is weighty enough–appropriate, even–to prop a canvas against the wall. I still love to read the chapter titles: Tradition and innovation; A crisis of art; Light and colour; Power and glory; and my favorite, The break in tradition. These headings have not faded for me, on the contrary they are glasses that have held many newer vintages.

  2. JBG

    It’s not every day a scholarly art historian pays attention to caricature and cartoons. But Gombrich did. In Art and Illusion, he wonders why caricature appears so late in Western art. Like so much else Gombrich turned his attention to, “The Experiment of Caricature” is a great read. Beats me why he is not referenced more often. Did everything begin and end with Greenberg?

  3. Romy

    #1 reminds me of one of Gombrich’s anecdotes in The Story of Art. I think it was in “Light and Colour” (it’s been awhile!): Erasmus writes a letter of introduction for Holbein, who is leaving Switzerland for England. The letter states: “The Art here is freezing.” The comment still applies, and we’re not in Switzerland.

  4. formerartstudent

    Yes, the art here is freezing–at least to fans of Gombrich. Not to be a crank, but the anecdote told by Romy (#3) is in the chapter “A Crisis of Art.” It is framed by two illustrations of paintings by H. It is actually nice to be reminded of it. Despite that Germanic-sounding name, we do tend to think of Holbein as English. (What were the Swiss doing in the 16th century, besides yodeling?)

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