THE WARBURG INSTITUTE is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is dedicated to the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts, of all epochs and across the globe. As its motto - Mnemosyne - and its Library make clear, it was the forerunner of current concerns both with memory and material culture.  Read more...

Sandro Botticelli, Zephyrus and Aurora, detail from The Birth of Venus, ca 1485, tempera on canvas, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

WARBURG INSTITUTE LIBRARY

The Warburg Institute Library, created as the personal library of Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the 19th century, holds a collection of international importance in the humanities. It is the largest collection in the world focused on Renaissance studies and the history of the classical tradition.

The unique classification system of the Library divides culture and its expression into four categories: Image: History of Art; Word: Texts and Transmission; Orientation: Religion, History of Science and Philosophy; and Action: Social and Political History. Read more ...