Claudia Wedepohl



I have studied Art History and Italian Literature at the Universities of Göttingen and Hamburg (MA, Dr. phil.), and joined the staff of the Warburg Institute in 2000 after two years spent at the institute as Aby-Warburg-Scholar.

My research focuses on two interrelated areas: the reception of late antique concepts and models in fifteenth-century Italian art and architecture, and historiography around 1900, in particular Aby Warburg and his circle. I am teaching courses in German Palaeography, Archive Skills and give introductions to the Archive collection. Since I joined the Archive staff my scholarly work has been mainly concerned with the genesis of Aby Warburg’s key terms and concepts, in particular the epistemological meaning of myth for his Kulturwissenschaft.

I am currently working on various projects relating to the genesis of Warburg’s Bilderatlas. I am also engaged in editing Warburg’s works. One edition will include materials from his trip to America in 1895-96. As co-editor of the books series Aby Warburg: Gesammelte Schriften (Akademie Verlag, Berlin), I am responsible for the forthcoming volume Aby Warburg: Kleine Schriften und Vorträge (Band III.1).

I have held fellowships at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin and at the IK Morphomata, Universität zu Köln.

Publications (link to Warburg Institute Library holdings)