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The Visual Image


by E. H. Gombrich 1974

Ours is a visual age. We are bombarded with pictures from morning fill night. Opening our newspaper at breakfast, we see photographs of men and women in the news, and raising our eyes from the paper, we encounter the picture on the cereal package. The mail arrives and one envelope after the other discloses glossy folders with pictures of alluring landscapes and sunbathing girls to entice us to take a holiday cruise, or of elegant menswear to tempt us to have a suit made to measure.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 241-270
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19425, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 3:04:21 AM

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