Ernst Gombrich

1909 - 2001

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Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich (; German: [ˈgɔmbʁɪç]; 30 March 1909 – 3 November 2001) was an Austrian-born art historian who, after settling in England in 1936, became a naturalised British citizen in 1947 and spent most of his working life in the United Kingdom. Gombrich was the author of many works of cultural history and art history, most notably The Story of Art, a book widely regarded as one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts, and Art and Illusion, a major work in the psychology of perception that influenced thinkers as diverse as Carlo Ginzburg, Nelson Goodman, Umberto Eco, and Thomas Kuhn. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Gombrich has received more than 293,877 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Ernst Gombrich is the 37th most popular historian (up from 38th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from Austria and the most popular Austrian Historian.

Ernst Gombrich is most famous for his book The Story of Art, which is a comprehensive survey of the history of art.

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Among historians, Ernst Gombrich ranks 37 out of 341Before him are Arrian, Ibn Kathir, Jacques Le Goff, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Jared Diamond, and Leonardo Bruni. After him are Niketas Choniates, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, Ibn Ishaq, Erwin Panofsky, and Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani.

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Among people born in 1909, Ernst Gombrich ranks 18Before him are Elia Kazan, Errol Flynn, Li Xiannian, Benny Goodman, Isaiah Berlin, and Mohammed V of Morocco. After him are Victor Borge, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Talal of Jordan, Nicholas Winton, Carmen Miranda, and John Fante. Among people deceased in 2001, Ernst Gombrich ranks 16Before him are Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Jack Lemmon, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Christiaan Barnard, Iannis Xenakis, and Ahmad Shah Massoud. After him are William Hanna, Fred Hoyle, Robert Ludlum, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Alberto Korda, and Wilhelm Mohnke.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Ernst Gombrich ranks 123 out of 1,075Before him are Maria Josepha of Austria (1699), Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans (1633), Anna Maria Mozart (1720), Otto of Greece (1815), Georg Trakl (1887), and Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886). After him are Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (1883), Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1339), Otto Weininger (1880), Gustav Meyrink (1868), Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria (1746), and Milutin Milanković (1879).

Among HISTORIANS In Austria

Among historians born in Austria, Ernst Gombrich ranks 1After him are Alois Riegl (1858), Shlomo Sand (1946), Gerda Lerner (1920), İlber Ortaylı (1947), and Andreas Maislinger (1955).