What students say about us

"In times of widespread haste and short-term projects in academia, I have found in the Warburg a rare and independent group of scholars who are genuinely and actively interested in what they do, who are not in a hurry in spite of their ceaseless activities, and who share generously their knowledge and expertise at every turn. Once a friend of Aby Warburg characterised the Institute as das einzige offene Tor zur Kosmopolis der Wissenschaft, ‘the one open gate to the cosmopolis of knowledge’; I have very often felt, lingering among the shelves of the library and in dialogue with the staff, that this is in no way an exaggeration. The Warburg is both humbling and inspiring, intellectually sobering and inebriating in ways that make for great and real scholarship—and a good measure of prudence. I would not hesitate to say that in its unpretentious, no-nonsense rigour, and in its inclusive range it is an academic touchstone of sorts in today's world. The location at the heart of Bloomsbury is instrumental, and the constant circulation of visiting scholars from all over the world is an invaluable bonus"

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course Juan Acevedo Current PhD Student

“The course gave me the opportunity to consolidate my research skills, attend interesting classes and meet a wide range of academics in an inspiring multicultural environment at the Warburg Institute.”

MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300 – 1650 - Valentina Cacopardo, class of 2017

“I was very pleasantly surprised to find a degree of support and encouragement that I had never experienced before in academic studying; neither in Italy nor in the UK … There is a unique blend of academic rigour and conviviality that has made my experience of studying at the Warburg Institute very rewarding.”

MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300 – 1650 - Aldo Miceli, class of 2015

What students say about us?


“The course was always inspiring and assiduously well taught whether we were learning about picture framing and restoration, studying Michelangelo’s letters in his own handwriting, or handling rare books from the world-class library.”

MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture - David Daly, class of 2016 

“A remarkable experience. It has deepened my research and curatorial skills and broadened my horizons.”

MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture - Gemma Cornetti, class of 2015

"What I like and appreciate about the Warburg is its unique library and its history, the academic tradition of the institute and its unique scholarly atmosphere. It is great that students get to talk with members of staff and engage in the academic activities of the institute. Any student can always knock on anybody's door to ask something and always get a friendly and helpful response. From an intellectual point of view, it is amazing to be able to work in a truly interdisciplinary way and work on obscure subjects which are less studied in other places. It was also very good to be obliged to learn various languages, including Latin, and to learn to work with primary sources which students can take from the shelves. A unique research experience. Another good thing about the Warburg: the close proximity to the British Library and important universities and research centres".  

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course - Michael Gordian, PhD student from 2010-2013

“A stimulating learning environment. The staff, both at the Institute and at the National Gallery, are supportive and generous with their time making this experience a truly unique one.”

MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture - Lorenza Gay, class of 2014

"The diverse expertise of the teachers means you are constantly challenged to reframe your ideas about artworks, history and cultures. Thanks to the multidisciplinary character of the library, the scope of my academic interests has progressively expanded and the quality of my research improved."

MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture - Giosuè Fabiano, class of 2016