Topics of our Time

Topics of our Time

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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. 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.

A collection of hard-hitting, highly readable essays reflects Professor Gombrich's preoccupation with the central questions of value and tradition in our culture, and confronts some of the most urgent issues facing modern civilization.

Topics include radical proposals for the reform of higher education, an attack on relativism and a plea for the conservation of our cities, alongside thought-provoking studies of the work of Oskar Kokoschka, Abram Games, Saul Steinberg and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Product Code 1015135
ISBN 9780714827919
author E. H. Gombrich
B&W Illustrations 354
format Paperback
GTIN 9780714827919
pages 304
publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Dimensions 24.5 X 17.2 cm
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