As such, the Mnemosyne Atlas strives to make the ineffable process of historical change and recurrence immanent and comprehensible. More specifically, the Atlas would chart both the afterlife of the classical language of gestures in Renaissance art and beyond as well as the migration of Greek cosmological symbolism up through to the moment when Bruno and Kepler tried to reconcile the legacies of classical and astrological thought with the discoveries of early modern astronomy. The Atlas functions cartographically, too, as it explores how meanings are constituted by the movement of themes and styles between East and West, North and South. Using wooden boards, measuring approximately x cm and covered with black cloth, Warburg arranged and rearranged, in a lengthy combinatory process of addition and substraction, black and white photographs of art-historical and cosmographical images.

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Warburg , the Mnemosyne Atlas is an unfinished attempt to map the pathways that give art history and cosmography their pathos-laden meanings. The Warburg Institute of the University of London exists principally to further the study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements of European thought Read more.

See all readings. Meanderings through Aby Warburg's Atlas. Home About Browse panels Readings Contact. Spyros Papapetros offers this guided pathway. Panel C addresses the epistemology and the practice of the creation of symbols. Claudia Wedepohl guides this pathway. Panel 8 is given over to antique cults that centered on solar deities. Elizabeth Sears lights the way.

Panel 45 depicts excessive and alarming occurrences, the dangers of intense and unmediated passions. Panel 47 is concerned with Florentine art of the later fifteenth century, exploring themes of protection and slaughter through the figure of the nymph. Ben Anderson provides this guided pathway.

Panel 48 is concerned with the shifting uses of the pagan goddess Fortuna in medieval and Renaissance imagery. Florian Fuchs provides this guided pathway. Lisa Robertson navigates. Jane O. Newman is our guide, with Laura Hatch. Panel 79 has as its principal theme the Eucharist. Christopher D. Johnson provides this guided pathway. Warburg Institute The Warburg Institute The Warburg Institute of the University of London exists principally to further the study of the classical tradition, that is of those elements of European thought Media Atlas.

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The Mnemosyne Atlas

The Mnemosyne Atlas is a figurative atlas consisting of a series of plates. Each plate is made up of a montage of works of art from the Renaissance, from the antiquity artworks, playing cards, archeological finds… and from the 20th Century newspapers, stamps…. In this sense the Atlas works as a machine that illustrates the mechanisms of tradition, themes and figures from the past to today. The entire range of emotional stirrings aggression, defence, sacrifice, mourning, melancholia, ecstasy, triumph, etc. Flavien Menu gently gave us the possibility to reproduce here this content, for the sake of archival and diffusion. According to Warburg, the conficting responses to the legacy of classical antiquity directly informed the styles of the visual arts, from the realism of Netherlandish art to the heroic forms of the Italian Renaissance.


This Atlas of Art and Memory Is a Wonder of the Modern World

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 his professional name as an expert in Florentine art through a comparatively small number of publications, which nevertheless consistently offered surprising insights and repeatedly led to sensational discoveries. What was utterly extraordinary, however, was the project to which he dedicated the final years of his life: the Mnemosyne Atlas, which has long remained a legend, even after its publication in From to , Warburg concentrated his entire body of knowledge in this collection of images, which ultimately spanned 63 panels and encompassed almost a thousand individual pieces. He predominantly used photographs, but also included illustrations from books or picture files, original graphics, and newspaper clippings. He even used postage stamps and promotional brochures.


Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

We do it every day via internet searches and digital pinup boards — even refrigerator doors have become ad hoc photo albums. But viewing fine art pictures in this nonlinear way, with no accompanying text and outside of a museum, was radical years ago. Warburg, a German art historian and cultural theorist, worked on the atlas from until his death in To make it, he took reproductions of artworks and images of coins, celestial maps, calendars and genealogical tables, as well as advertisements posters and postage stamps, and pinned them to wooden boards covered with black cloth. He rearranged the panels in his library in Hamburg and used them in lectures, and wanted to publish the atlas as a book. Warburg was convinced that antiquity was a starting point for the study of artists of the Renaissance, but also that its themes had emotional meaning that resonated for modern times — particularly in a period of instability and change. Consisting of 63 panels composed of the original illustrations from the last documented version of the atlas, in October , the display would have been presented as Warburg had intended — for the first time.

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