Conference: ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’. On the Migration of Images, Forms, and Ideas

Annual Conference of the International Research Group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’
at the Warburg Institute, London

Francesco del Cossa: April, detail, fresco, 1468-70, Salone dei Mesi, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara

Francesco del Cossa: April, detail, fresco, 1468-70, Salone dei Mesi, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara

This conference takes up the question of the migration of images, forms and ideas, accessing the metaphor “Bilderfahrzeuge”, coined by the cultural theorist Aby Warburg (1866-1929). It is the first major opportunity for the international research group ‘Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology’ to introduce itself to a wider public and invite broad academic dialogue. Carefully-selected external speakers will present alongside the group’s own members, to offer an insight into how the dynamic of individual research projects contributes to this larger question.


Friday 13.03.2015

10:00 Welcome Address, Project Speaker: Andreas Beyer (Basel, Paris)

10:30-12:30 Chair: Uwe Fleckner (Hamburg)

Hans Christian Hönes (London): In Search of Orientation. Vice-Admiral Somerville and Archaeoastrology

Johannes von Müller (London): Bilderfahrzeuge across the Styx

Philipp Ekardt (London): Image-Circulation in Goethe’s ‘Die Wahlverwandtschaften’

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00 Chair: Horst Bredekamp (Berlin)

Rebecca Darley (London): ‘All that glitters…’: XRF Analysis of Byzantine Gold Coinage and the Application of Scientific Methods to Historical Problems

Linda Báez Rubí (London): Images, Pictures and Optics in the Viceroyalty of New Spain

15:00 Coffee break

Isabella Woldt (London): Looking for a Chariot: Luca Signorelli’s Triumph of Chastity

Elena Tolstichin (Hamburg): The Art of Code-Switching. Adapting Religious Prints to the Confessional Change

17:15 Keynote address: Karen Lang (Warwick): The Migration of Form in the Creation of Art

Saturday 14.03.2015

10:00-12:30 Chair: Gerhard Wolf (Florence)

Maria Teresa Costa (Florence): ‘Kunstwissenschaften’ around 1900 as a Border-Crossing Field. A Theoretical Reflection on the Migration of Images

Jost Philipp Klenner (Marbach): Numismatics as ‘Theoriefahrzeug’. Aby Warburg – Harold Mattingly – Ernst Kantorowicz

Pablo Schneider (Berlin): Lucas van Leyden ‘Susanna and the Elders’ (1508) – A Case Study in Interaction and Distance Keeping

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00 Chair: Peter Mack (Warwick)

Reinhard Wendler (Florence): The Scale of Migration

Christopher D. Johnson (London): Gracián’s ‘chalupa’: Translatio imaginum and Baroque New Worlds

15:00 Coffee break

Victor Claass (Paris): Hijacked Bilderfahrzeuge: Thinking about Mobility in Early 20th Century French Art Historiography

Carolin Behrmann (Florence): Nomadic Nomos: Migrations of Ideas and Images and the Legal Order

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