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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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Kulturelle Transfers um und in der Gegenwart. He shows that pamphlets enabled people across Europe to share a common Leidschatzthe common treasure of elementary passions and gestures.

Several notes from summer inform us that Warburg contemplated on a printed collection of images forming an Atlas that contained both research topics, astrology and Pathosformelhitherto treated separately. Instead of moving in front of the pictures in the space of a museum, the audience, during listening to the lecture, could, with their eyes, wander from one table to the other and visually move around between the images on each board, up and down, left and right, back and forth.

Having accomplished what he always contended, Warburg was hardly able to enjoy this late success. The Remembrance of Things Past. From toWarburg concentrated his entire body of knowledge in this collection of images, which ultimately spanned 63 panels and encompassed almost a thousand individual pieces.

The Mnemosyne Atlas

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He rejected a call to a professorship at the University of Halle in After his return from Florence in he had started employing assistants for a professional library and invited scholars to his private house; but only in the University became reality, and only in the library building, next to his own home, was finished. That the initiator of this ambitious project thinks it necessary to apologise for the figure of the family tree signals its status as a kind of foreign body in the systematic warbrug alphabetical ordering.

Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas (English) | ZKM

Thus it may be read as a symptom for the ambivalent equivocal role of similitude and relationship in the taxonomic era. And this is also to be regarded as mnemosgne modern survival or return of an ars combinatoria from the hermetic and cabalistic traditions of knowledge. As a document of this relationship, the most important medal that is awarded to Hamburg citizens is the so-called Portugaleser ; this used to be a coin in silver that was slowly adopted by Hamburg merchants in the 16th century before it became an official currency aflas the so called silver Bank-Portugaleser.


Introduction by Kurt W. Warburg died on the 26 th of October He also did not cultivate close relations with art critics and artists, for his time was fully devoted to reading, writing, and travelling. But once again, Warburg took his time to warbufg 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. There he argues that certain human capacities — he talks mainly of the mimetic faculty – which in the phylogenetic and ontogenetic prehistory were directed mnemosyhe the outer world i.

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

Death of the redeemer. List of illustrations Title Fig. The renewal of pagan antiquity: Warburg, for his part, renounced all sentimental aestheticism, and in his writings criticised a vulgarised idealisation of an individualism that had been imputed to the Renaissance in the work of Jacob Burckhardt.

waburg From toWarburg concentrated his entire body of knowledge in this collection of images, which ultimately spanned 63 panels and encompassed almost a thousand individual pieces. 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.

What was utterly extraordinary, however, was the project to which he dedicated the final years of his life: By this, Warburg’s method of Iconology became one of the most applied methods in art history, even though people associated it more with the Warburg Institute and did not read his writings in detail.


Thanks to Voth he could also observe the preparations for this end-of-winter ceremony.

Warburg was concerned with the question of how the pictorial world of antiquity had come back into the European cultural sphere and led the medieval world into a new era — a classic problem with a very familiar solution: Mnemosyne Bilderatlas — Colloquium. He was interested in telecommunication, the press and travelling; all these new technologies enabled new forms of travelling, but also prolonged the old idea of migration that connected civilizations from the beginning.

He discussed it via the diary entries with Any Bing, but he is not satisfied with the first attempts which read: It is little wonder, then, that the atlas also knows no boundaries within art. Different in size and attitude, it somehow tried to preserve the interdisciplinary idea and the classification system of Warburg, but was soon forced to abandon the open structure as it grew to one of the biggest art historical libraries in the world.

Aby Warburg (). The Survival of an Idea

Notes 1 Aby Warburg: Gertrude Bing later supplemented these headings with warbhrg short explanation, – for example: His main assertions were:. He wanted to show how the motifs of antiquity, via the detour of the orient, survived into the Renaissance and beyond. In Nnemosyne Warburg spoke to a priest and his son and received a cosmological drawing with a snake at its center.

Another 4 years passed by, and the political change had made it impossible for the Warburg circle to remain in the city. But, what is more interesting in the context of his whole project is the fact that two years after beginning the notebook in March he started to draw out different systematic surveys on his research, each of warbury attempts written down in regular intervals of about one year, only once one and a half years: