The Story of Art

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The cover of a recent edition of The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich.

The Story of Art, by E. H. Gombrich, is a survey of the history of art from ancient times to the modern era.

First published in 1950 by Phaidon,[1] the book is widely regarded both as a seminal work of criticism and as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts. It was originally intended for younger readers. Over seven million copies have been sold, making it the best selling art book of all time. It is currently in its 16th edition and has been translated into approximately 30 languages.


  1. ^ Picture perfect. William Skidelsky, The Observer, 17 May 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2014.