Art Criticism and Theory Books

Berger, Eco, Gombrich, Pollock, Updike… art has inspired great writing and powerful ideas. Browse our selection of art criticism and theory books from the National Gallery Bookshop.

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  • Pursuit of Art: Travels, Encounters and Revelations

    £16.95
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  • Postures: Body Language in Art

    £24.95
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  • 50 Art Ideas You Really Need to Know

    £12.99
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  • About Looking

    £9.99
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  • An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body

    £26.00
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  • Art As Therapy

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  • Art: A Beginner's Guide

    £9.99
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  • Art Can Help

    £20.00
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  • Art History: The Basics

    £16.99
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  • Art History: The Key Concepts

    £19.99
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  • Art History: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Art in History, 600 BC - 2000 AD: Ideas in Profile

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  • 100 Artists' Manifestos From the Futurists to the Stuckists

    £12.99
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  • Art in Theory, 1815-1900

    £28.99
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  • Art in Theory, 1900-2000

    £29.00
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  • Art in Theory, 1648-1815

    £28.99
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  • The Art Of Forgery: The Minds, Motives And Methods Of The Master Forgers

    £19.95
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  • Art Theory: An Historical Introduction

    £25.99
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  • Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

    £7.99
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  • Books That Shaped Art History

    £14.95
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  • Breakfast at Sotheby's

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  • Chromaphilia The Story Of Colour In Art

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  • Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith: As seen on TV

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  • Collection of Sand: Essays

    £9.99
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  • Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox

    £12.99
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  • Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

    £32.00
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  • Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism

    £19.95
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  • Chromophobia (FOCI)

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  • Great Works: Encounters With Art

    £22.50
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  • How to see the World

    £8.99
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  • How to Write Art History

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  • Interaction of Color

    £11.99
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  • Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art

    £16.99
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  • Learning to Look at Sculpture

    £23.99
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  • Learning to Look at Paintings

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  • Meaning Of Art

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  • Methods & Theories of Art History

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  • My Dear BB..: The Letters Of Bernard Berenson And Kenneth Clark, 1925 - 1959

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  • Ovid and the Metamorphoses of Modern Art from Botticelli to Picasso

    £30.00
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  • Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings

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  • Philosophy in Art

    £9.99
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  • Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists

    £27.00
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  • Representing Women

    £18.95
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  • John Ruskin Collection

    £19.99
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  • Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World

    £19.99
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  • Selected Writings: Ruskin

    £8.99
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  • Secret Lives Of Colour

    £20.00
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  • Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art

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  • The Story of Black

    £15.00
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  • Theory of Colours

    £30.00
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  • Theory for Art History

    £23.99
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  • Think Like an Artist: ... and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life

    £9.99
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  • To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters

    £12.99
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  • Ways of Seeing

    £8.99
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  • What Is Painting

    £24.95
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  • What are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

    £10.99
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  • What Art Is

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  • Women Artists: Art Essentials

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  • Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader 

    £32.00