Congratulations #11: Johannes von Müller, ‚Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand…‘, in R. Kroll, S. Gramatzki, S. Karnatz (eds) Wie Texte und Bilder Zusammenfinden, Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 2015, 49-58

Congratulations to Johannes von Müller on the publication of his book chapter, ‚Sieglein, Spieglein an der Wand. Das Frontispiz des Aachener Evangeliers Kaiser Otto III. als ein Beispiel piktoraler Fürstenspiegel‘. Picking up the fairytale theme of Snow White’s famous question, ‚Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?‘, the piece examines the relationship of a medieval imperial image to idealised views of medieval rulership and the link between reflection and projection in such images. More information about the volume can be found here.

Position open in the Bilderfahrzeuge group

LogoThe Bilderfahrzeuge Research Project is delighted to announce that it is now accepting applications for a research position within the group. The successful candidate will be based in London at the Warburg Insitute.

Application deadline: July 1, 2015


Research post: “Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of
Iconology” – International Research Group


Congratulations #10: Rebecca Darley, ‚Self, Other and the Use and Appropriation of Late Roman coins in south India and Sri Lanka (4th-7th centuries A.D.)‘, in H. Ray (ed.) Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, London and New Delhi: Routledge, 2015, 60-84

Congratulations to Rebecca Darley on the publication of a chapter examining the spatial relationships of Byzantine coins in South India and Sri Lanka, both to the landscape and to their own micro-contexts. The chapter forms part of a volume of conference proceedings, bringing together papers presented at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, in December 2012 on exploring space in the Middle Ages in a broad global context. More information about the volume can be found here.

All that glitters…

What happens if you shoot X-Rays at coins? A question you have no doubt asked yourself often. Part of the answer was presented in the Spring of 2014 during a meeting of the Oriental Numismatic Society, held at the Ashmolean Museum.

Diagram of XRF analysis, courtesy of Bruker Industries Ltd. Click on the image for a more involved description of how XRF works!

Diagram of XRF analysis, courtesy of Bruker Industries Ltd. Click on the image for a more involved description of how XRF works!

One of the things that happens if you shoot X-Rays at a coin is that the energy from the X-Ray causes electrons in the atoms which make it up to be displaced from their orbital shells. As a result the electrons have to reshuffle to close up gaps left in the shells, and as they do this they emit energy of their own. It is a process with some interesting potential applications for Weiterlesen

Congratulations #9: Philipp Ekardt, ’Kinesis der Perzeption und Perzeption repräsentierter Kinesis. Zu Aby Warburgs Theorie der Bewegungswahrnehmung‘, in A. Beyer, G. Cassegrain (eds.) Mouvement – Bewegung. Über die dynamischen Potenziale der Kunst, Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2015, 153-163.

Warburg MaenadeThis time our congratulations are due to Philipp Ekardt for the publication of his chapter in the edited volume Mouvement – Bewegung. Über die dynamischen Potenziale der Kunst.

The representation of movement, or, more exactly, the depiction of the human figure in movement, stood at the center of Aby Warburg’s interest as a scholar and thinker. The topic gave rise to some of Warburg’s most iconic terminological coinages, such as the concept of ‘bewegtes Beiwerk’ (animated parerga). It is less well known that Warburg also sought to envision the Weiterlesen

Congratulations #8: Isabella Woldt, ‚The Operating Principle of Picture Series. Aby Warburg’s Theory of the Function of the Image Memory and the Renaissance Festivals Pictures‘, IKON. Journal of Iconographic Studies : Iconology at the Crossroads (2014), 7: 33-48

IKON-no7Congratulations to Isabella Woldt. The Operating Principle of Picture Series. Aby Warburg’s Theory of the Function of the Image Memory and the Renaissance Festivals Pictures, in: IKON. Journal of Iconographic Studies, Vol. 7: Iconology at the Crossroads, 2014, pp 33-48.

The article is available for free download and here is the abstract! Weiterlesen

Congratulations #7: Maria Teresa Costa, ‚Lo spazio sonoro della traduzione‘, Revista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio (2014), 2: 59-71

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 12.35.18Yet more good news for the group, and this time particularly for Maria Teresa! Congratulations are due for the publication of her article ‚Lo spazio sonoro dell traduzione: note a margine de il compito del traduttore del Walter Benjamin‘. The article is freely available here, and here is a taster of what lies therein: Weiterlesen

Breaking news: Three new „pathways“

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Breaking news: Three new „pathways“ for the website, Mnemosyne: Meandering through Aby Warburg’s Atlas, jointly sponsored by Cornell University Press and The Warburg Institute, have now gone live. One of these, on Panel 45, was written by our own Hans-Christian Hönes!




Begun in 1924 and left unfinished at the time of his death in 1929, the Mnemosyne Atlas is Aby Warburg’s attempt to map the “afterlife of antiquity,” or how images of great symbolic, intellectual, and emotional power emerge in Western antiquity and then reappear and are reanimated in the art and cosmology of later times and places, from Alexandrian Greece to Weimar Germany. Weiterlesen

Congratulations #6: Pablo Schneider, Review of Dorothea McEwan (2012) Fritz Saxl – eine Biografie. Aby Warburgs Bibliothekar und erster Direktor des Londoner Warburg-Institutes

Congratulations to Pablo Schneider on the publication of his review of Dorothea McEwan’s biography of Fritz Saxl. The review, published in the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute (vol. 36, pp. 81-84), summarises this latest biography of Saxl, which seeks to highlight his position as a significant figure in twentieth-century art history. The article is available to read here.

Congratulations #5: Hans-Christian Hönes, ‚Anfang und Metapher. George Kubler und das Problem künstlerischer Innovation‘, Kunstgeschichte (2014)

Kunstgeschichte is an open access, open peer-review journal of art history.

Kunstgeschichte is an open access, open peer-review journal of art history.

George Kublers Essay The Shape of Time (1962) ist in den letzten Jahren zu einer zentralen Orientierungsgröße in der kunsthistorischen Methodendiskussion aufgestiegen. Betont wurde dabei insbesondere sein Anspruch, eine »Geschichte der Dinge« zu entwerfen, in der die Kunstwerke selbst als Akteure betrachtet werden, sowie die damit einhergehende Abkehr vom traditionellen Geniegedanken. Im Folgenden soll dagegen gezeigt werden, dass Kublers Denken sehr wohl der Vorstellung eines genialen und autonom produzierenden Subjekts verhaftet blieb. Im Zentrum des Interesses steht dabei Kublers Konzept der sogenannten »prime objects«, die als Inbegriff künstlerischer Innovation beschrieben werden.

George Kubler’s seminal essay, “The Shape of Time”, investigated Kubler’s concepts of artistic innovation which, in his own view, broke with classical theories of artistic inspiration and genius, putting a “history of things” in its place. This essay questions especially Kubler’s term, the “prime object”, describing artworks that introduce unprecedented innovations to art history. Contrary to Kubler’s own claims, this essay argues that his thinking remains very much indebted to concepts of originality and artistic genius.