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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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. Studien zur Moderne The title of it as well as the description of its function was the object of long discussions between Warburg and Bing and took years to develop.

At the heart of his research was the legacy of the Classical World, and the transmission of classical representation, in the most varied areas of western culture through to the Renaissance. Thanks to Voth he could also observe the preparations for this end-of-winter ceremony.

That he sought a proper title for his theory, i. In the end, the collection became a mixture of both a private, mobile, thematical reference library, and a public library with a fixed system of call numbers.

Aby Warburg (). The Survival of an Idea

This was a reason why he was read, after his death by Ethnographers and Anthropologists, Orientalists, warbkrg Philosophers rather than by art historians.

It was presumably Saxl once again who hoped that, if Warburg is no longer able to publish linear texts, this would at least furnish him atoas a means to document the width of his focus and his ideas. November ], Hamburg Librarians in the audience may know that the knemosyne “Electronic Library” is a technical one, that means, it does not only stand for books on the shelf, but it means an information system where all objects can be individually arranged and resorted, turning the public library of a database into the personalized, the reference library of an individual.

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The Mnemosyne Atlas, October 1929

Working through the limits of the two cultures. It is little wonder, then, that the atlas also knows no boundaries within art. Language German Description 48 pp.

His plaidoyer for an interdisciplinary psychology of human expression was not yet the schizophrenic and complicated theory that Gombrich later saw in it, even xtlas the immense number of references and evidences and the pathetic language of the author seemed to betray the increasing degree of mental irritation and puzzling.

Cinzia Fratucello and Christina Knorr, Ferrara These were to be published in such a way atlaz all the details of the illustrations remained visible. Martin Warnke, who is head of our department kindly asks you to excuse that he couldn’t come; he would have been able to deliver his talk in Portuguese. Only some weeks later another one states optimistically that. To a certain degree, the Portugaleser medal might stand as a symbol for various problems Warburg had to face and the questions he had raised.

Schoell-Glass shows in how mnemoshne Warburg’s work was devoted not only to the history of culture but also to their present relevance in society; she assumes that antisemitism in particular was the motor, the hidden thread or motive for a research that tried to analyze processes of western culture in order to understand and extinct the roots of superstition, warbugr antisemitism, or knemosyne radicalism.

Aby Warburg und der Antisemitismus: It is interesting to see that Warburg’s person and his ideas, after having been neglected for a certain period, have become recepted once again and even stronger than while he was alive.

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In the first edition of his complete published writings, undertaken by Gertrud Bing inthey are running up to a volume of about pages. Aby Warburg, System als Umfangsbestimmung. During his years wwarburg Florence Warburg investigated the living conditions and business transactions of Renaissance artists and their patrons as well as, more specifically, the economic situation in the Florence of the early Renaissance and the problems of the transition from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance.


Aby Warburg around There one can study his intensive, obsessive, and endless attempts to introduce scientific concepts and methods into the theory of symbol, art, and culture. Marietta —Max Adolph — and Frede C.

In his book on ElementargeisterElementary Ghostsi. The works can be explained only by combining philological and visual analysis. But it makes no small difference whether one is talking about an atlas as a printed volume or about the more than 60 image tables that have been handed down to us by means of photography.

He even used postage stamps and promotional brochures. 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 city. These disciplines never intended atals distinguish between high or low art, popular or court culture, and they have done more for Warburg’s reanimation than the art historians of the s and 60s.

Thus it may be read as a symptom for the ambivalent equivocal role of similitude and relationship in the taxonomic era. Gombrich clearly expressed his doubts in his first comprehensive biography of the scholar. But clever decipherment of a detective, in oder to impress the reader with erudition, was not his first intention, since most of the analysis had already been done by Heidelberg religion historian and orientalist Franz Boll Sphaera More about that atlxs.

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