Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

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Aby Warburg (1866–1929), scion of a Hamburg banking family, completed his doctorate in 1892 on the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. As a result, he comprehensively studied the interplay of myths, images and rites from different cultural contexts. This lead him to his main subject matter: the afterlife of antiquity in the Renaissance. With his attempt to break down the rigid boundaries of art history, Warburg is regarded as one of the fathers of modern pictorial science.

Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

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Edited by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and The Warburg Institute, London, with contributions by Roberto Ohrt, Axel Heil, Bernd M. Scherer, Bill Sherman, Claudia Wedepohl
In the 1920s, the Hamburg-based art and cultural scholar Aby Warburg worked on his Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, a volume of plates that has, in the meanwhile, taken on mythical status in the study of modern art and visual studies. With this project, Warburg created a visual reference system that was far ahead of its time.
  • Hardcover
  • 184 pages
  • 17.3 × 23.6 inches
  • Published 2020

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