Ernst H. Gombrich is an Art historian best known for his book Art and Illusion and his studies of Renaissance art. Educated in Vienna, he went to England in 1938. He joined the staff of the Warburg Institute, London University, where he was director from 1959 to 1976. Many of his writings, including Art and Illusion, deal with the visual arts in their relationship to the history and psychology of perception. He treats his other main interest, Renaissance art, in relation to iconography, the history of patronage, and the intellectual concerns of the period.
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