'Bilderfahrzeuge'. On the Migration of Images, Forms, and Ideas

Annual Workshop of the research project "Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology"

This conference takes up the question of the migration of images, forms and ideas, accessing the metaphor "Bilderfahrzeuge", coined by the cultural theorist Aby Warburg (1866-1929). It is the first major opportunity for the international research group Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology to introduce itself to a wider public and invite broad academic dialogue. Carefully-selected external speakers will present alongside the group’s own members, to offer an insight into how the dynamic of individual research projects contributes to this larger question.


The international research group Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology is a cooperation of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (Max Weber Stiftung), the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (Warburg-Haus) at the Universität Hamburg, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max Planck Institut and the Warburg Institute, London, funded by the German ministry of higher education and science.



Friday, 13.03.2015

Welcome Address
Project Speaker: Andreas Beyer (Basel, Paris)

Chair: Uwe Fleckner (Hamburg)

Hans Christian Hönes (London)
In Search of Orientation. Vice-Admiral Somerville and Archaeoastrology

Johannes von Müller (London)
Bilderfahrzeuge across the Styx

Philipp Ekardt (London): Image-Circulation in Goethe's 'Die Wahlverwandtschaften'


12:30-13:30 Lunch


Chair: Horst Bredekamp (Berlin)

Rebecca Darley (London)
'All that glitters…': XRF Analysis of Byzantine Gold Coinage and the Application of Scientific Methods to Historical Problems

Linda Báez Rubí (London)
Images, Pictures and Optics in the Viceroyalty of New Spain

15:00 Coffee break

Isabella Woldt (London)
Looking for a Chariot: Luca Signorelli's Triumph of Chastity

Elena Tolstichin (Hamburg)
The Art of Code-Switching. Adapting Religious Prints to the Confessional Change


Keynote address
Karen Lang (Warwick)
The Migration of Form in the Creation of Art


Saturday, 14.03.2015

Chair: Gerhard Wolf (Florence)

Maria Teresa Costa (Florence)
'Kunstwissenschaften' around 1900 as a Border-Crossing Field. A Theoretical Reflection on the Migration of Images

Jost Philipp Klenner (Marbach)
Numismatics as 'Theoriefahrzeug'. Aby Warburg – Harold Mattingly – Ernst Kantorowicz

Pablo Schneider (Berlin)
Lucas van Leyden 'Susanna and the Elders' (1508) – A Case Study in Interaction and Distance Keeping


12:30-13:30 Lunch


Chair: Peter Mack (Warwick)

Reinhard Wendler (Florence)
The Scale of Migration

Christopher D. Johnson (London)
Gracián's 'chalupa': Translatio imaginum and Baroque New Worlds

15:00 Coffee break

Victor Claass (Paris)
Hijacked Bilderfahrzeuge: Thinking about Mobility in Early 20th Century French Art Historiography

Carolin Behrmann (Florence): Nomadic Nomos: Migrations of Ideas and Images and the Legal Order




In cooperation with

13 – 14 March 2015

The Warburg Institute

Woburn Square
London WC1 0AB


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