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.

Congratulations #19: Andreas Beyer: “Thinking in Pictures: What Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky have in common with Aby Warburg”

“Thinking in Pictures: What Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky have in common with Aby Warburg” in „Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter”, Fondation Beyeler Basel/Riehen 2016, Hajte Dantz Verlag, Berlin 2016, S. 18-23.

Andreas Beyer

Speaker of the Bilderfahrzeuge Project

In this essay, Bilderfahrzeuge Speaker Professor Andreas Beyer traces the origins of an integral element of contemporary art theory – the possibility of an intellectual and theoretical discourse based entirely on images – ‘art speaking for itself’.


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

‘Ghost Objects’ – 19th century paper mould techniques and the portability of antiquities

Blog Post – Anna McSweeney July 2016

Among the members of the Bilderfahrzeuge group, we have been thinking recently about  ‘immutable mobiles’ and the object-oriented theories of Bruno Latour in relation to our work on image vehicles, the movement of images. In his essay ‘Visualisation and Cognition’, Latour casts inscriptions as the explanatory principle of modern scientific culture. He uses the term ‘immutable mobiles’ to describe objects which are characterized by the properties of mobility, immutability, presentability, readibility and combinability with each other. He claims that the history of these objects is the history of scholarship in visualisation and cognition.

It seemed to me that paper moulds are a good example of an immutable mobile. Using layers of wet paper to make a negative impression of a building or object, from which a positive could be cast in plaster, paper moulds were used by archaeologists and antiquarians in the mid-nineteenth century to copy the façades of monuments that were far away, at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Palenque in Mexico or the Alhambra in Spain, for example. Described as ‘facsimiles’ by the inventor of the technique, Lottin de Laval (1810-1903), paper moulds allowed explorers to transport a version of a building or sculpture with all its details back to the museum in the age before both digital reproduction and cheap and reliable photography. 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).

Warburg on Tapestries

by Isabella Woldt

My research project in the Bilderfahrzeuge group focuses on tapestries as mobile vehicles. The main investigation concerns the reflecting of Petrarch’s “Trionfi” in tapestries and discusses the textile as an instrument of the transfer of ideas and cultural contexts by the manufacture of elaborate materials like gold thread into the tapestry, for instance. The project arises from many years of study on the works of the Hamburg art and cultural historian Aby Warburg. Moreover, the term “Bilderfahrzeuge” has its roots in Aby Warburg’s research on tapestries. The essay below should encompass Warburg’s main discourse on that topic.

The term “Bilderfahrzeuge”, meaning ‘image vehicle’, refers to Aby Warburg’s research on the “afterlife of antiquity”. Warburg investigated the process of the migration of cultural elements as a material embodiment of the function of human memory. He observed how these cultural objects implement expressions that are the result of the human process of memorising, and how through perception these objects evoke a creative process in the human brain, which produces new thoughts. Warburg asked and investigated how that process was organised and which elements were the most influential in that practice of creation, and he called those elements the “pathos formula”. Weiterlesen