Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion / Edition 1

Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion / Edition 1

by Philippe-Alain Michaud
     
 

ISBN-10: 1890951404

ISBN-13: 9781890951405

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Zone Books

Aby Warburg (1866-1929) is best known as the originator of the discipline of iconology and as the founder of the institute that bears his name. His followers included such celebrated art historians of the twentieth century as Erwin Panofsky,
Edgar Wind, and Fritz Saxl. But his heirs developed, for the most part, a domesticated iconology based on the

Overview

Aby Warburg (1866-1929) is best known as the originator of the discipline of iconology and as the founder of the institute that bears his name. His followers included such celebrated art historians of the twentieth century as Erwin Panofsky,
Edgar Wind, and Fritz Saxl. But his heirs developed, for the most part, a domesticated iconology based on the interpretation of symbolic material. As
Phillippe-Alain Michaud shows in this important book, Warburg's own project was remote from any positivist or neo-Kantian ambitions. Nourished on the work of
Nietzsche and Burckhardt, Warburg fashioned a "critical iconology" to reveal the irrationality of the image in Western culture. Opposing the grand teleological narratives of art inaugurated by Vasari, Warburg's method operated through historical anachronisms and discontinuities. Using "montage-collision" to create textless collections of images, he brought together pagan artifacts and masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance art, ancient Near East astrology and the Lutheran
Reformation, Mannerist festivals and the sacred dances of Native Americans. Michaud insists that for Warburg, the practice of art history was the discovery within the art work itself of fracture, contradictions, tensions, and the energies of magic,
empathy, totemism, and animism. Challenging normative accounts of Western European classicism, Warburg located the real sources of the Renaissance in the Dionysian spirit, in the expression of movement and dance, in the experience of trance personified in the frenzied nymph or ecstatic maenad.Aby Warburg and the Image in
Motion is not only a book about Warburg but a book written with him; Michaud uses
Warburg's intuitions and discoveries to analyze other categories of imagery,
including the daguerreotype, the chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey, early cinema, and the dances of Loie Fuller. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with the origins of modern art history and the visual culture of modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890951405
Publisher:
Zone Books
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: Knowledge: Movement (The Man Who Spoke to Butterflies)7
Acknowledgments21
Chronology23
Introduction27
INew York: The Movie Set41
IIFlorence I: Bodies in Motion67
IIIFlorence II: The Painted Space93
IVFlorence III: The Theatrical Stage147
VAmong the Hopi171
VIHamburg: The Art History Scene229
Appendix IZwischenreich: Mnemosyne, or Expressivity Without a Subject251
Appendix IICrossing the Frontiers: Mnemosyne Between Art History and Cinema277
Appendix IIIMemories of a Journey Through the Pueblo Region293
Appendix IVOn Planned American Visit (1927)331
Notes337
Index391

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