Lecture Series 2016-17

The Bilderfahrzeuge Lecture Series at the Warburg Institute 2016-17


(also available as a PDF)

5 October 2016 Roger Sabin Central Saint Martins UAL The Origins of Comics Criticism  
16 November 2016 Mechthild Fend UCL Medusa’s Hair. Images, Diseases and Terror in Post-Revolutionary France
14 December 2016 Stephen Bann Bristol Paul Delaroche’s Egyptian Excursion: the studies in preparation for Moses on the Nile (1853)
11 January 2017 Sachiko Kusukawa  Cambridge Copying as a form of knowing: early modern scientific images
8 February 2017 Tristan Weddigen Zürich Heinrich Wölfflin in the Hispanic World
1 March 2017 Tamar Garb UCL Constance Stuart’s War: Women and Documentary’s Excess.
10 May 2017  Zainab Bahrani Columbia Return of Images: Chance Encounters in the Afterlives of Antiquity
14 June 2017 Finbarr Barry Flood New York University The Relic as Image: Prophetic Aura in an Age of Technological Reproducibility


Lecture: Constance Stuart’s War: Women and Documentary’s Excess

Professor Tamar Garb

Durning-Lawrence Chair of History of Art
Department of History of Art,

University College London (UCL)

London, 1 March 2017, 5:30 pm

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

Admission free; please register for this event through the Events section of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) here.

This lecture looks at a remarkable photograph taken by the South African war correspondent in WW2, Constance Stuart (Larrabee) at the moment of the liberation of France. The photograph, one of nine in a series, depicts one of the femmes tondues the sheared women collectively punished for having ‘associated with the Germans’. It is read in relation to other photographs in the series as well as the agenda of Libertas, the first picture magazine in South Africa, for whom Stuart worked. But there is more to Stuart’s relationship to the image than the need to document the occasion. What seeps out from the image is something that exceeds documentary’s desire, inadvertently articulating both the photographer’s and the protagonist’s position in history.

Lecture: Heinrich Wölfflin in the Hispanic World

Professor Tristan Weddigentristanweddigenlectureimage

Chair for Early Modern Art
Kunsthistorisches Institut
University of Zürich

Rudolf Wittkower Visting Professor
Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome

London, 8 February 2017, 5:30 pm

Admission free; please register for this event through the Events section of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) here.

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

One century from the first publication of one of the most influential books of art history, Heinrich Wölfflin’s „Principles of Art History“ of 1915, Professor Weddigen’s paper will explore one major part of its global reception: its impact on Hispanic and Latin American art and architectural history and aesthetics since the 1920s. The aim is to show how Kunstwissenschaft was translated, adopted, and appropriated for the construction of national, political, ethnic identities.

Lecture: Uses of images in early modern scientific knowledge

Professor Sachiko Kusukawagessnerpelicanzentralbibliothekzurich2120657

Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science
Trinity College

London, 11 January 2017, 5:30 pm

Admission free; please register for this event through the Events section of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) here.

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

Professor Kuskawa will give a paper arguing for the importance of images as a versatile means of shaping and transmitting scientific knowledge in the early modern period. Traditionally, historians of science have looked to illustrations in early printed books as evidence of first-hand observation.  But a large number of these illustrations, including those labeled as ‘ad vivum’, turn out to be images copied from elsewhere. Copying images was undertaken for a variety of reasons in the early modern period, including as a way to save time and money for the printers. Rather than a disappointing, inferior iteration of first-hand observation, I propose that copying was a necessary and versatile means of shaping and sharing scientific knowledge, but as with any form of transmission, copying entailed some process of transformation and translation. This paper will discuss the many different uses through which images came to constitute early modern scientific knowledge.

Lecture: Paul Delaroche’s Egyptian Excursion: The Studies in Preparation for Moses on the Nile (1853)

Professor Stephen Bannstephenbanndelarocheimage

Emeritus Professor of History of Art, Research
Fellow in History of Art (Historical Studies)
University of Bristol

London, 14 December 2016, 5:30 pm

Admission free; please register for this event on our Eventbrite page here.

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

Paul Delaroche’s drawings and oil studies reveal his tendency to ponder a range of different iconographic sources over a long period.The preparation of his Moses on the Nile is a particularly interesting example, since some of the original drawings in the Louvre are customarily attributed to the early 1840s, while the large painting (originally in the collection of Baron James de Rothschild, but now lost) is dated 1853. A drawing that has recently come to light indicates Delaroche’s initial debt to the paintings on the subject by Nicolas Poussin.

Lecture: Medusa’s Hair. Images, Diseases and Terror in Post-Revolutionary France

Dr Mechthild Fend

Reader in History of Art
Department of History of Art
University College London

London, 16 November 2016, 5:30 pm

Admission free; please register for this event on our Eventbrite page here.

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

Mechthild Fend, Reader in History of Art at University College London, will give a lecture on the migrations of the visual and mental image of Medusa between early modern art, French revolutionary prints and medical illustrations and discourses.

Lecture: The Origins of Comics Criticism

roger-sabin-lecture-imageDr Roger Sabin

Professor of Popular Culture
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London

London, 5 October 2016, 5:30 pm

Admission free; please register for this event on our Eventbrite page here.

Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB


Roger Sabin, Professor of Popular Culture at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, will give a lecture on the way in which the new medium of comics was perceived by critics in the late 19th century, focusing on the UK (at the time the world-leading producer). The late Victorian period saw an increasingly intense discussion about ‘culture’ – what it was, and where it was heading – spurred by the growth of working class leisure pursuits, and middle class concerns about them.  Weiterlesen

Conference: Aby Warburg 150. Work. Legacy. Promise.

13 June – 15 June 2016

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Conference celebrating the life, work and impact of Aby Warburg including a screening of Aby Warburg: Metamorphosis and Memory (60 minutes. 2016), a film by Judith Wechsler.

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. At the centre of this commemoration is a conference dedicated to his work and heritage. It will reclaim the centrality of Warburg’s thought and vision not only for the London Institute but for the world of international scholarship. A large group of distinguished scholars will discuss the implications of his thought for the history of art, images and cultures. The aim will be not only to illuminate the past, but to reveal the potential of his writings for the debate about contemporary cultural differences as well.

NB: Registration for Sessions 4 & 5 (15th June) has closed, but places are still available for Sessions 1-3 (13th and 14th June). For any queries please email warburg@sas.ac.uk.

All sessions are available to view online via live streaming during the conference. Please click on the appropriate link to be redirected to the live stream:

 Monday 13 June (Day 1)

Tuesday 14 June (Day 2)

 Wednesday 15 June (Day 3)

For the live stream available from Germany (all sessions), please click on the following link:
Live stream from Germany

For more information and the programme of the conference, please visit the Warburg Institute website.

This conference is generously supported by the following organisations:

Max Kohler Stiftung
Martha Pulvermacher Stiftung
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research / Bilderfahrzeuge Project


Conference: Botticelli

To coincide with the exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, this two-day international conference will explore our perception of Botticelli“s artistic practice, legacy and fame, as well as its impact and reception from fifteenth century to the present. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with the Warburg Institute and the Bilderfahrzeuge, this event will bring together international scholars to consider how the art of the past remains a principal source for contemporary practice.

This conference is generously supported by the Kress Foundation and the Italian Embassy.

London, 13 & 14 May 2015, 10.30 – 17.00

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Botticelli Conference Programme (as pdf)

NB: This conference is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 2RL

Conference: Das verirrte Kunstwerk. Funktion und Rezeption vom Wege abgekommener ›Bilderfahrzeuge‹

Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, 20249 Hamburg, 25.-26. April 2016

Jahreskonferenz des Forschungsverbundes »Bilderfahrzeuge – Warburg’s legacy and the future of iconology«

Organisiert von Uwe Fleckner, Elena Tolstichin und Isabella Woldt
Universität Hamburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar


25. April 2016

Entführte Kunst / Abducted art

11.00 Uhr
Begrüßung und Einführung
Uwe Fleckner / Elena Tolstichin

11.15 Uhr
Strangers in paradise
Die Verschleppung byzantinischer Seidenarbeiter nach Sizilien
Johannes von Müller

12 Uhr

12.30 Uhr
Kunst und Feldzug
Artefakte als Beute im Alten Orient
Babette Schnitzlein

13.15 Uhr
(News) Stories from the Middle East
Removed artefacts, recycling, and the ethical agenda against illicit trade
Mirjam Brusius

14.00 Uhr

Missverstandene Bilder / Misunderstood images

15.00 Uhr
The naked fetish
Carl Einstein and the Western canon of African art
Uwe Fleckner

15.45 Uhr
White skin, black masks
The native/exotic in Brazilian Modernism
Rafael Cardoso


Verhängnisvolle Mobilität
Das »Goldene Zeitalter« der Bildtapisserie
Isabella Woldt

26. April 2016

Transfer – Transformation – Translation

10.15 Uhr
Konversionen der »Religio«
Rekonstruktion eines bildgestützten Diskurses
Elena Tolstichin

11.00 Uhr
Metamorphosis of ruins
Some reflections on reconstruction practices around 1900
Maria Teresa Costa

11.45 Uhr

12.15 Uhr
Translation processes in the religious art of the early modern period
The mission in New Spain
Margit Kern

13.00 Uhr
Looking at the New Hispanic folding screens’ many faces
Iconic translation and transformation
Emilie Carreón Blaine / Linda Báez Rubí

13.45 Uhr

Verschobene Objekte / Displaced objects

15.15 Uhr
Moving sculptures
Southern Netherlandish alabasters in Central and Northern Europe
Aleksandra Lipinska

16.00 Uhr
Building the Alhambra abroad
The Alhambra cupola in Berlin and other moving parts
Anna McSweeney

16.45 Uhr

17.15 Uhr
Expatriates, diasporic or common goods?
Variations of Islamic arts on display
Eva-Maria Troelenberg

Keynote lecture

18.00 Uhr
Memory, nostalgia, repatriation
Political claims on antiquities
James Cuno

Um Anmeldung bis zum 10. April 2016 wird gebeten (eva.landmann@uni-hamburg.de).