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The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss

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Here is an art book that will be appreciated by people who prefer to spend hours in a study rather than in museums or galleries. Their study will need to contain books and catalogues by the hundredweight, for The Books that Shaped Art History points towards wide vistas of knowledge, a landscape of the historical mind that – some will think – values erudition for its own sake and cares little for general enlightenment.

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