Ways of Seeing Florence

Wed 26 June 2019

Aby and Mary Warburg with Alfred & Anna Doren
Aby and Mary Warburg with Alfred and Anna Doren, Florence 1898

We are pleased to announce a joint organised Studienkurs (study course) at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, titled Ways of Seeing Florence. Archives, Autopsies and Art Historical Research in Italy around 1900, which will run from 23 - 29 September 2019.

The Studienkurs will approach Warburg's historical art thinking in a new way: bringing together his Florentine research and experiences with the archival sources, sites, artworks and images he studied and wrote about. His work will be considered in relation to his contemporaries, friends and colleagues: artists, art historians, writers, dealers and travellers, such as Bernard and Mary Berenson, Giovanni Morelli, Vernon Lee, Heinrich Brockhaus (as founding director of the KHI), Herbert Horne, Stefano Bardini and Robert Davidsohn. The Studienkurs will seek to provide an empirical and contextualized look at Warburg's writings on the Florentine Renaissance. Study will be guided by the central importance of seeing artworks in their broader cultural contexts and their study through the exchange of ideas between representatives of various disciplines and interests.

Open call for applications

The Studienkurs, addressing the scholarship of Aby Warburg and his circle in Florence around 1900, invites applications from the fields of Art History and related disciplines, from graduate students (MA), doctoral candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research.  Each participant is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions.

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