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

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Christopher D. Johnson
Cornell University Press Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
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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 is the first in English to focus on his last project, the encyclopedic Atlas of Images: Mnemosyne. Begun in earnest 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, intuitively arranged some 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 Germany. Here and there, he also included maps, manuscript pages, and contemporary images taken from newspapers. Trying through these constellations of images to make visible the many polarities that fueled antiquity's afterlife, Warburg envisioned the Atlas as a vital form of metaphoric thought.
1. Atlas Gazed: Mnemosyne-Its Origins, Motives, and Scope2. Ad oculos: Ways of Seeing, Reading, and Collecting3. Metaphor Lost and Found in Mnemosyne4. Translating the Symbol: Warburg and Cassirer5. Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel6. Exemplary Figures and Diagrammatic Thought7. Synderesis: The "Bruno-Reise"IllustrationsBibliographyIndex

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