By Christopher D. Johnson
The paintings of German cultural theorist and paintings historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929) has had an enduring influence on how we expect approximately photographs. This ebook is the 1st in English to target his final undertaking, the encyclopedic Atlas of pictures: Mnemosyne. all started in earnest in 1927, and left unfinished on the time of Warburg's loss of life in 1929, the Mnemosyne-Atlas consisted of sixty-three huge wood panels coated with black fabric. On those panels Warburg conscientiously, intuitively prepared a few thousand black-and-white images of classical and Renaissance artwork items, in addition to of astrological and astronomical photos starting from historic Babylon to Weimar Germany. the following and there, he additionally incorporated maps, manuscript pages, and modern pictures taken from newspapers. attempting via those constellations of pictures to make noticeable the various polarities that fueled antiquity's afterlife, Warburg anticipated the Mnemosyne-Atlas as a necessary type of metaphoric thought.
While the nondiscursive, usually digressive personality of the Mnemosyne-Atlas complicates any linear narrative of its issues and contents, Christopher D. Johnson lines a number of thematic sequences within the panels. by way of drawing on Warburg's released and unpublished writings and via getting to Warburg's cardinal concept that "pathos formulation" constitution the West's cultural reminiscence, Johnson maps various tensions among be aware and snapshot within the Mnemosyne-Atlas. as well as analyzing the paintings itself, he considers the literary, philosophical, and intellectual-historical implications of the Mnemosyne-Atlas. As Johnson demonstrates, the Mnemosyne-Atlas isn't easily the fruits of Warburg’s lifelong examine of Renaissance tradition however the final expression of his now literal, now metaphoric look for syncretic options to the pressing difficulties posed by means of the historical past of artwork and culture.
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