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Professor David Freedberg to stand down as Director of the Warburg Institute

The School of Advanced Study, University of London announces that Professor David Freedberg will stand down as Director of the Warburg Institute with effect from 30 April 2017.  In tendering his resignation Professor Freedberg said: ‘having helped the Institute return to its intellectual origins in the work of Aby Warburg and rediscover both its significance and its implications for the world in which we live, I have decided I must reduce my international commitments and focus my energies on my own intellectual work.  There are a number of writing projects that I am anxious to complete in the next years, and it is on these that I wish now to concentrate my attention’. read more



David Freedberg, Director

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