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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He predominantly used photographs, but also included illustrations from books or picture files, original graphics, and newspaper clippings.

Death of the redeemer. Aby Moritz Warburg June 13, Hamburg. In some of the entries this endeavour reads like an epistemological shortcut between mythology and sciences, whereas other formulations render the epistemological tension and even warbhrg for a scientific foundation distinguishable. When you read the early lectures of the Warburg Library atlsa Hamburg, you have to realize that most of them were delivered in his private home, and some of them in the absence of Warburg who had initiated it all.

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. Warburg described himself as: His main assertions were:.

And the experiment went on. It is entirely built on Internet technology and can be consulted through the www. As we see, the Atlas was a highly dynamic project: Atlas and collection — supplement to the encyclopaedic taxonomy.

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The Mnemosyne Atlas, October 1929

At the end of NovemberWarburg returns from a journey to Italy. Other tables do not yield the meaning of the arrangement, of the connection between the collocated pictures at first glance; they need to be read by visually wandering back and forth between the individual reproductions and following different pathways in order to reconstruct the archaeological layers of the constellation. In an international conference, organized by Hamburg scholars Michael Diers, Horst Mnemoysne, and Charlotte Schoell-Glass, found such an extraordinary resonance that it became impossible to ignore the current situation of the former library building any longer; and finally in the premise was acquired by the city of Hamburg.


Warburg was used to work with sets of images and already in he spoke generally of a kulturwissenschaftliche Bildgeschichte. Robert Galitz, Brita Reimers ed. Each table of the Mnemosynewqrburg example, is very similar to the structure of Baroque emblem books where the picture is always accompanied by, firstly, a lemma, motto, or inscription, and, secondly, an epigram, subscription or explanation.

Kulturwissenschaft als GeistespolitikFrankfurt am Main At the most one may gather the similar together under certain rubrics.

Warburg was now able to draw on his abundant account of methods and links; he demonstrated that the structure of all paintings follows a certain zodiacal scheme that is based on oriental visual and literal sources.

Munich 2p. He chose Mnemosynethe Greek goddess of memory and mother of the muses, as the patron saint of his project. In addition, the provenance of almost all the individual photographs is identified.

In Warburg began his study of art history, history and archaeology in Bonn and attended the lectures on the history of religion by Hermann Usenerthose on cultural history by Karl Lamprecht and on art history by Carl Justi. In when the funds of our research department were nearly consumed, a new project was given to the institute, and it was called “Warburg Electronic Library”.

Syndication Issue feed Document feed. Art historical material for a developmental physiology of the pendulous movement [ Pendelgang ] between stating a cause [ Ursachensetzung ] by means of images and doing this by means of signs. And the space inhabited by immediate resemblances becomes like a vast open book; it bristles with written signs; every page is seen to be filled with strange figures that intertwine and in some places repeat themselves.

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Despite the discussion of the original structure, its categories and keywords, it is, in my opinion, more important to stress the ambivalence of different people and mentalities coming together in this library. Nachleben of pre-modern aspects in the encyclopaedic era. The tree as a schema originating from pre-modern kinship functions here as the graphic palimpsest of the whole project but it disappears in the alphabetic order of articles in the published volumes. The University of Chicago Press, There he was visited by Emil Kraepelin who did not confirm the diagnosis of schizophrenia and suggested Warburg was in a mixed manic-depressive state, a diagnosis with a more positive prognosis.


The detail of the image is not only a sophisticated quotation of contemporary ideas, it is a hyperlink to cultural history.

He even used postage stamps and promotional brochures. After the war the library was re-opened in London by Saxl and Bing to be incorporated into the University, now to be called The Warburg Institute, with Saxl as its first director.

Here, where they discuss especially the tension between deduction and distinction, between origin and classification of knowledge, the principle of kinship plays the role of an uneasy, outdated but indispensable part.

Aby Warburg

His refined and creative style of writing 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 his 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 abu 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.

Having studies the exchange of north and south he now turned to atlax meeting point of east and west, not looking at melting pots like Jerusalem, Venice, or hellenistic Greece, but at the east within the west and its products.

He wanted to show how the motifs of antiquity, via the detour of the orient, survived into the Renaissance and beyond. Portrait eines GelehrtenHamburg unfortunately out of print.

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