A Preference for the Primitive: Gombrich's Legacy
Wilkin, Karen, The Hudson Review
FOR THOSE OF US OF A CERTAIN AGE EDUCATED IN A CERTAIN WAY, the name Ernst Gombrich immediately conjures up The Story of Art, a journey from Paleolithic to Picasso that for many us was our first art history textbook. Frankly intended for novices-"for all who feel in need of some orientation in a strange and fascinating field," Gombrich announces in his preface-the book in its original form is a useful synopsis of the evolution of Western painting and sculpture, with a cursory glance at Chinese and Islamic art. It's like a tour led by a chatty, informed, only slightly condescending guide of an encyclopedic museum that miraculously houses every paradigmatic work of art from ancient Egypt to …
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Publication information: Article title: A Preference for the Primitive: Gombrich's Legacy. Contributors: Wilkin, Karen - Author. Journal title: The Hudson Review. Volume: 56. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 2003. Page number: 217. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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