The Iconographic Database

The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database contains digitised images from the Institute's Photographic Collection and Library.

The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database is a work-in-progress. Whilst it contains digitised images from the Institute's Photographic Collection and Library, it is asmall percentage of the library holdings and 15% of the Photographic Collection. The holdings of the Photographic Collection are being digitised per section.

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The first section to be completed is our selection of photos from astronomical and astrological manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance (look under 'Magic & Science: Astronomy and Astrology' or search for 'astronomy'). We are currently entering the contents of the Gods & Myths section (some 40,000 photos of subjects from classical mythology), a project generously sponsored by the Dean's Development Fund of the School of Advanced Studies (University of London).

The Photographic Collection of the Warburg Institute is continuing its efforts to digitise the complete holdings of its section on Gods and Myths. We hope our collection of materials, now freely accessible on the internet, will form a valuable aid to anyone seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the visual traditions of Classical Antiquity and its afterlife in western culture.

Recent additions to the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database include: the God Saturn, the mythical father of Jupiter who devoured his children; Vulcan, the crippled blacksmith of Olympus and cuckolded husband of the Goddess of Love, Venus; Genius, the ancient personification of the divine essence of people, places or objects; the Muses, companions of Apollo and Goddesses of inspiration to poetry and science; and Satyrs, the goat-legged forest creatures who roamed the country-side of ancient Greece and Italy in search of nymphs.

The material for which the Warburg Institute holds the copyrights is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License.