Emiliano De Vito

Martin Warnke. A question of method

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Keywords: Political iconography, Early sixteenth-century engravings, Lucas Cranach, Early Lutheran Reformation, Iconoclasm.

The present essay attempts to bring into light some discontinuities between two theoretical attitudes conventionally considered as belonging to the same tradition of studies, a tradition supposedly originating with Aby Warburg’s method and his «Geistespolitik», and persisting through the present mainly due to the image studies reinvigorated in the mid-nineties by the restoration and programmatic rebirth of the Warburg-Haus in Hamburg. Namely, the political iconography of the art historian Martin Warnke (1937- 2019), the main catalyst of such a «Nachleben», comes here into question with respect to its controversial relationship with the theoretical gesture of the culture historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929).

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