Form and Energetics in Aby Warburg’s Work

Form and Energetics in Aby Warburg’s Work

Place Prague, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Husova 4, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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Lecture date: 25 May 2016

The work of the art historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929) was elaborated within a philosophical and theoretical corpus that tends to be neglected. His esthetics was part of a more general project: elaborating a psychology based on the relationships of the different symbolic forms forged by human beings. His method thus oscillates between an extreme attention to the details of the works of art, and the general ambition to build a «Science of Culture». We will focus on the notion of «energy» and relate it to the use Warburg makes of the concept of «polarity». This way, we will try to understand the role philosophical influences played in the developement of his work.