Books December 1984
Humanist and scholar
A review of Tributes: Interpreters of Our Cultural Tradition by E.h. Gombrich.
Ernst Hans Gombrich was born in Vienna in 1909. After the First World War, he studied art history at the University under Julius von Schlosser. Among his fellow students were Ernst Kris, nine years his senior, and Otto Kurz, older by one year. As the Nazi menace grew, he welcomed the help of Dr. Kris, who secured him a position at the Warburg Institute in 1935. It had managed to move from Hamburg to London in December 1933. It was there that Gombrich, after interruptions caused by the war, established his reputation, mainly with Art and Illusion (1960). He rose to become the Director of the Institute from 195 3, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. He was knighted in 1972.
Tributes collects Gombrich’s addresses and lectures: generous tributes to his friends and colleagues at the Warburg Institute and to the Institute’s founder, Aby Warburg, whom Gombrich could...
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