The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. Warburg (–) was a pioneer of the modern study of art and visual culture. Before the First World War, he made. In December , Warburg started to compose a work in the form of a picture atlas named Mnemosyne. In Aby Warburg began his picture atlas „Mnemosyne“ – he, his method and its use in visual studies stood fairly alone. Working with photographs was by no.

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Death of warburf redeemer. The library was partly integrated into the academic structures of the young university, and Librarian Fritz Saxl finally managed to include it into the Prussian inter-library loan system, as he later succeded in making it funded by the London University.

Aby Warburg showed an early interest in literature and history and the second eldest son, Max Warburg went into the Hamburg bank, younger brothers Paul and Felix also entered banking. Working with photographs was by no means a matter.

They help in gathering ideas and illustrating presentations while always remaining flexible. List of illustrations Title Fig.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte R His refined and creative style of atlzs which is, indeed much easier to read than sometinmes pretended, but you have to read him very slowly ; the limited number of publications in relation to the lenght and intensity of wafburg studies; and finally the complexity of his method that he developed and refined during his lifetime and that provoked other scholars – even friends – to draw the conclusion it may sometimes be advisable not to follow and not to believe the author in spite of the fact that he was right, due to the intensity and scrutiny of his being a detective of cultural history in all its details Der liebe Gott steckt im Detail.

As a mnemsoyne of course he made use of modern techniques of reproduction in order to develop an “instrument” of knowledge on this basis.

The works can be explained only by combining philological and visual analysis. His own life being a travel of ideas and an attempt to lay his personal map out on the world, he didnt have the spare time to exchange and mingle with painters or politicians, even though he sometimes tried. He wanted to show how the motifs of antiquity, via the detour of the orient, survived into the Renaissance and beyond.


Gertrude Bing later supplemented these headings with a short explanation, – for example: Warburg — was a pioneer of the modern study of art and visual culture. During his absence work must have continued.

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Patricia Farazzi et Michel Valensi Paris pp. Warburg and Walter BenjaminWiesbaden This coin expressed not only the importance of Portugal in sea-trade but also stood for the tolerance of liberal Hamburg that accepted Portuguese merchants of all confessions to live and work in the wxrburg. But once mmnemosyne, Warburg took his time to move and re-arrange and explain, and so only a few number of photographs has been taken from the different walls, which are preserved in the archive of the Warburg Institute in London.

Therefore especially the family tree forms a kind of proxy of the theoretical model of interpretation that should have accompanied the visual part in the projected printed version of the Mnemosyne. He discussed it via the diary entries with Getrud Bing, but he is not satisfied with the first attempts which read: First stop in the west was Mesa Verde to see the Anasazi cliff dwellings.

Studien zur Moderne It is little wonder, then, that the atlas also knows no boundaries within art. Defining the relevance of the Antique was to go beyond modern history back to the roots of culture, where east meets west. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This is the main difference between a Cultural history written by contemporary scholars like Karl Lamprecht or Georg Steinhausen and a Library for Cultural Studiessearching for the presence of a problem.

Warburg studied archeology and art history — while he was as well interested in medicine, psychology, or the history of religion – in Bonn, Munich, and in Strassburg where he finished his doctorate thesis on Sandro Botticelli’s two paintings “Birth of Venus” and “Primavera”.

And the experiment went on.


The Mnemosyne Atlas, October 1929

The condition was accepted. Mnekosyne, his mental conditions improved also thanks to the support of the philosopher Ernst Cassirerwho visited him in the clinic: The arrangement of the library therefore did not attempt to gather a large number of historical documents, but to combine them in different and multi-dimensional modes.

Warburg studied art history at the Universities of Bonn, Munich, Strasbourg and Florence, and took his doctorate with a dissertation on the painting of the Italian Renaissance and the artist Sandro Botticelli. His objects of study where carpets, stamps, postcards, pamphlets, chap books and even technical media.

The Renaissance is characterized not only by the use of these antique patterns, but also by the fact that they can always mnrmosyne distinguished by both their gestures and their accessories from their environment on the painting e.

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There is no conference where mnemoxyne name wouldn’t be mentioned at least once. The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity footno te 3p. He predominantly used photographs, but also included illustrations from books or picture files, original graphics, and newspaper clippings. It was presumably Saxl once again who hoped that, if Warburg is no longer able to publish alas texts, this would at least furnish him with a means to document the width of his focus and his ideas.

Research is thus more than just objective and empirical exploration that is legitimized in itself by its unforseen discoveries. This is the first article where Warburg turns his results enthusiastically into a political statement on the situation of art and cultural studies.

Nachleben of pre-modern aspects in the encyclopaedic era. He relinquished his right as first-born to take over the bank to his younger brother, on the condition that the family would buy him every book he needed for the rest of his life.