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Phaidon

Phaidon is considered one of the world’s premier art publishers, with over 15,000 titles in print composed of rigorous scholarly content and exquisite production. Founded in 1923 by Dr. Bela Horovitz and Ludwig Goldscheider in Vienna, Austria, Phaidon initially specialized in the publication of literature, philosophy and history; one of the publisher’s first books, a German edition of Plato’s works, inspired the brand name, Phaidon, which is the name of one of Plato’s most well-known dialogues. In 1937, the company produced its first large-format publications on art, featuring exquisite plate sections, and focusing on such artists as Vincent van Gogh and the French Impressionists, thus beginning the long and well-recognized tradition of Phaidon arts publishing. Over the following decades, revered art historians such as Ernst H. Gombrich, Sir Kenneth Clark and Bernard Berenson had seminal works published by Phaidon, codifying the publisher as a leader in the field. Today, the company continues the tradition of producing incomparably high-quality arts publishing on subjects ranging from antiquity through today, which are prized for their brilliant design, beautiful reproductions and erudite content.