The Warburg Institute Summer School

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

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

This year's Summer School will take place for two weeks in July 2020.

Week 1: 13 -17 July 2020

Week 2: 20-24 July 202

The course provides a unique opportunity to experience behind the scenes and hands-on-access to the Warburg institute’s legendary resources. 

The two independent, but complementary, weeks will focus on the work of Aby Warburg and his picture atlas Mnemosyne, and questions around the Institute’s unique approach to the organisation of knowledge. Taught by Warburg Institute staff and The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group, the courses will combine lectures, discussions of readings, hands-on-work with primary materials in the Warburg Institute, and visits to relevant collections around London (including the National Gallery, Wellcome Collection and Victoria and Albert Museum).

Each week may be booked as a separate 5-day course, or together as an integrated two-week programme. Booking will open March 2020. If you would like to be notified when the course is available to book please email us at

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.

Fee: TBC




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