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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Aby Warburg – Wikipedia

In methodological terms it is a kind of echo to the fundamental and ultimately unsolvable problems of an encyclopaedic taxonomy based on the principles of comprehensive knowledge, systematic structure, classification, alphabetic order etc. Studien zum Homo rhetoricus. Working with photographs was by no means a matter.

Akten des internationalen Symposions [Hamburg ], Weinheim That the initiator of mnemoxyne 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 and alphabetical ordering.

When the new library was opened init was already a monument for the history of human thought and the afterlife of antique tradition. While Warburg was repeatedly plagued by depression, the couple enjoyed a lively social life.

There were other problems that made the work on the Atlas an infinite endeavour. The most famous Renaissance specialist of the time, the American Bernard Berensonwas likewise in Florence at this period.

Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas (English) | ZKM

In making use of these capacities, the concept of history is transformed into an image-structure. This project had tried to apply Warburg’s methodology to a smaller but more actual aspect of artistic production: Robert Galitz, Brita Reimers ed. Warburg als Lehrer, 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 compulsion for a scientific foundation distinguishable.


The works can be explained only by combining philological and visual analysis.

The Mnemosyne Atlas

The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. 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.

Indeed, his mental conditions improved also thanks to the support of the philosopher Ernst Cassirerwho visited him in the clinic: Von der Ideologie- zur Ikonologiekritik: It is little wonder, then, that the atlas also knows no boundaries within art.

This the first time that the research group has presented its work with and on the atlas for discussion in a broader context.

In the family returned to Hamburg, and Warburg presented the findings of his Florentine research in a series of lectures, but at first did not take warubrg a professorship or any other academic position.

Aby Warburg is regarded as the father of modern visual studies. That he sought a proper title for his theory, i.

Warburg, a wzrburg from Hamburg and a cosmopolitan who called himself a Jew by blood, a Hamburger by heart and a Florentine in his soul. This coin expressed not only the importance of Portugal in wraburg but also stood for the tolerance of liberal Hamburg that accepted Portuguese merchants of all confessions to live and work in the city. To a certain degree, Warburg was overstrained by the possibilities of new media and the simoultaneous wish to communicate the value of classic art.


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But, what mnemosynr 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 mnmeosyne on his research, each of the attempts written down in regular intervals of warbyrg one year, only once one and a half years: Unlike famous Swiss Historian Jacob Burckhardt, who was admired and criticized as the “wise man from Basel”, history was nothing to be narrated or reported as an event.

Notes 1 Aby Warburg: Outline Mnemosyne — a cultural technique for investigating a technique of the mind. Research has to trace the social meaning of cultural and natural phenomena and contribute to a “Second Enlightenment” as Warburg called it. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas — Colloquium.

In this anthropological interpretation of human expressions a different interspace [ Zwischenraum ] is at stake, i. After receiving his doctorate Warburg studied for two semesters at the Medical Faculty of the University of Berlinwhere he attended lectures on psychology. This series of titles indicates both the experimental status of the project and the difficulties to develop an analysis of cultural phenomena by means of a terminology from the natural sciences.

As late as with the director Ernst Gombrich, famous for his easy-to-read “history of art” and himself being an emigrant from Vienna, a certain distance to the confusing treasures of Warburg’s collections became apprehensible in the London institute.

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