The Warburg Institute Summer School

Aby Warburg, the Picture Atlas and the Making of Visual Culture

mnemosyne atlas panel

The inaugural Warburg Institute Summer School, dedicated to the work of Aby Warburg and his picture atlas Mnemosyne, took place over five days in July 2019. 

Next year's Summer School will take place for two weeks from 13 July - 24 July 2020. If you would like to be notified when the course is available to book please email us at

Participants will first be introduced to exemplary panels from the Atlas; they will examine original material, familiarise themselves with the collections of The Warburg Institute and discuss relevant texts by Warburg and other scholars that unlock this inspirational and complex body of work.

The course combines lectures, discussion of readings, hands-on work with primary materials in the Warburg Institute and visits to relevant collections around London. Throughout the two weeks students will map motifs in contemporary visual culture back through time and space, drawing on materials in the Institute’s collections.

The Warburg Institute is located at Woburn Square in Bloomsbury, London. It has a history unlike any other institution within the humanities, being home to such luminaries as Ernst Gombrich, Frances Yates and Michael Baxandall. Its outstanding achievements within various fields of research - art history as well as history of philosophy, religion or sciences - are reflected in the intellectual culture of the Institute today and materially accessible due to what is probably ‘the most complete institutional archive within the humanities’ (Elizabeth Sears, University of Michigan). The Warburg Institute Summer School is a unique opportunity to engage with this history and its big ideas by working with original archival documents, books and images.

Convened by Professor Bill Sherman, Director, Warburg Institute and Dr Johannes von Müller, The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group.

Teaching will be carried out by Warburg Institute academic staff and The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group.

Fee: TBC


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