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Aby Warburg and the Secularization of the Image

Michael P. Steinberg and Yaron Ezrahi

in Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691135106
eISBN:
9781400846788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter draws attention to the anthropological imagination of Aby Warburg, the great student of world culture and comparative mythology whose “Warburg Library,” founded in Hamburg, served as the ... More


Atlas Gazed: Mnemosyne—Its Origins, Motives, and Scope

Christopher D. Johnson

in Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801477423
eISBN:
9780801464065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801477423.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter first adduces parallel instances of visual and literary memory to frame Mnemosyne, afterward describing the scope and contents of the Bilderatlas and adumbrating some of the main issues ... More


Culture, Commerce, and the City

Emily J. Levine

in Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226061689
eISBN:
9780226061719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The first chapter argues that the relationship between the brothers Aby and Max Warburg and the Warburg banking family provide a civic exemplar of Hamburg’s unique urban landscape, the so-called ... More


University as “Gateway to the World”

Emily J. Levine

in Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226061689
eISBN:
9780226061719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The third chapter examines the longstanding debate over the purpose of scholarship in a commercial city without a scholarly tradition. Warburg, for his part, often mediated between the camps of ... More


The Promise of Irreconcilable Difference

Tamara Levitz

in Modernist Mysteries: Perséphone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199730162
eISBN:
9780199932467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730162.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 8 examines Persephone’s rebirth and return to the underworld with the goal of understanding what its emancipatory promise and historicity—or relationship to the past, present, and ... More


Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images

Christopher D. Johnson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801477423
eISBN:
9780801464065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801477423.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Art History

The work of German cultural theorist and art historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929) has had a lasting effect on how we think about images. This book focuses on his last project, the encyclopedic Atlas of ... More


Sacrificial Cults as ‘the Mysterious Centre of Every Religion’: A Girardian Assessment of Aby Warburg’s Theory of Religion

Wolfgang Palaver

in Sacrifice and Modern Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199659289
eISBN:
9780191764752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659289.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses the question of sacrifice in regard to its broader political implications concerning pacifism, violence, and peace. A first part summarizes the modern abolishment of sacrifice ... More


Relay and Delay

Shira Brisman

in Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226354750
eISBN:
9780226354897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226354897.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Art History

Focusing on an unfinished, imperially commissioned print project, Maximilian’s Triumphal Chariot, Chapter Three describes the complex chain of letters surrounding this collaboration and Dürer’s ... More


Orphans: On Émigrés and Images in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz

Lisa Saltzman

in Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242033
eISBN:
9780226242170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226242170.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter two examines W.G. Sebald’s last work of prose fiction, Austerlitz, a novel which dramatizes the profound role that photographs plays for its protagonist, a Welsh child who only belatedly ... More


The Pervasive Influence

Gerard Passannante

in The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226648491
eISBN:
9780226648514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648514.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

When Aby Warburg first encountered Botticelli's Venus he discovered something like an illustrated history of ideas, her metaphysical undressing catching Warbug's imagination. His attention towards ... More


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