Warburg’s “Atlas” Panels

Investigator: Peter Uwe Hohendahl, German Studies, Comparative Literature

Collaborator: Kizer Walker, Cornell University Library; Peter J. Potter, Cornell University Press; Christopher D. Johnson, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Arts & Sciences, 2012

The goal of the project is to build an interactive resource for the exploration of the fragmentary “atlas of images” left by German Jewish art historian Aby M. Warburg (1866-1929). The Atlas involves the assemblage of hundreds of images juxtaposed on wood panels. An interactive, web-based treatment of the Atlas will realize Warburg’s ideal, namely, that each viewer makes his or her own connections between the myriad images presented in the Atlas. This website will serve as a multimedia companion to Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought and will support exploration of new technologies and new partnerships in creating economically viable channels for disseminating scholarship.

Mnemosyne: Meanderings through Aby Warburg’s Atlas