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

Christopher D. Johnson


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 Images: Mnemosyne. Begun in 1927, and left unfinished at the time of Warburg's death in 1929, the Atlas consisted of sixty-three large wooden panels covered with black cloth. On these panels Warburg carefully arranged some one thousand black-and-white photographs of classical and Renaissance art objects, as well as of astrological and astronomical images ranging from ancient Babylon to Weimar Germa ... More

Keywords: Aby Warburg, Atlas of Images, Renaissance art objects, Classic art objects, antiquity, Renaissance culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801477423
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801477423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher D. Johnson, author
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University