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The dissertation was completed in and printed in After receiving his doctorate Warburg studied for two semesters at the Medical Faculty of the University of Berlinwhere he attended lectures on psychology.

Aby Warburg‘s Mnemosyne Atlas: Thinking with Pictures - Goethe-Institut

During this period he undertook a further trip to Florence. Cushing had lived for years with the Zuni in New Mexico and fascinated Warburg wanted to see the Pueblos for himself.


First stop in the west was Mesa Verde to see the Anasazi cliff dwellings. In Cochiti Warburg spoke to a priest and his son and received a cosmological drawing with a snake at its center.

The Hopi of Arizona were already famous for their snake dance and although April was too early in the year to see this tourist attraction, the time he spent with the Hopi aby warburg atlas mnemosyne a most important part of his long journey.


Warburg was fascinated with their still secluded culture, their architecture, ritual, their masks and their ages-old abstract painting on pottery Nampeyo had recently revived. Mennonite missionary Heinrich R. Voth shared his knowledge of Hopi religion.

Thanks to Voth he aby warburg atlas mnemosyne also observe the preparations for this end-of-winter ceremony. The most famous photo of the trip shows Warburg holding a half naked dancer resting.

Another snapshot is of Warburg wearing a Kachina dancer' s mask. In New York the social life of the Schiffs and Loebs seemed empty and futile, and Warburg was very impressed with the dead seriousness aby warburg atlas mnemosyne Hopi ritual.

Writing up his field notes for a now famous lecture at the Kreuzlingen sanatorium Warburg stressed the kinship of religious thinking in Athens and Oraibi.

Ancient Greece had its animal cults and dangerous rites.

The Mnemosyne Atlas, October 1929

Harmony aby warburg atlas mnemosyne perfection only hide terrible conflict and rationality is always in danger of deep seated irrationality. The couple had three children: Marietta —Max Adolph — and Frede C.

In Warburg and his wife took up residence in Florence. While Warburg was repeatedly plagued by depression, the couple enjoyed a lively social life.


The most famous Renaissance specialist of the time, the American Bernard Berensonwas likewise in Florence at this period. Warburg, for his part, renounced all sentimental aestheticism, and in his writings criticised a vulgarised idealisation of an individualism that had been imputed to the Renaissance in the aby warburg atlas mnemosyne of Jacob Burckhardt.

This illustrates as much the aby warburg atlas mnemosyne of the material as the difficulty of capturing it in words. The compilation of pictures on the individual panels, on the other hand, can bridge centuries, if not millennia, cogently and without words.

The present exhibition presents its last version in reconstructed form. In addition, the provenance of almost all the individual photographs is identified.

They meet regularly at the 8. For the exhibition at the ZKM, all sixty-three of aby warburg atlas mnemosyne panels were reconstructed in their original dimensions, two with the original pictorial material.