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Mnemosyne: Meanderings through Aby Warburg's Atlas

German Jewish art historian and cultural theorist Aby M. Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas is an unfinished attempt to trace the importance of powerful themes in Western antiquity that emerge and re-emerge over time. This digital version of the Atlas, created by Cornell University and the Warburg Institute of the University of London, lets users explore guided pathways for ten panels of the Mnemosyne Atlas. For example, Panel 70, "The Pathos of the Baroque in the rape [of Proserpina]. Theater)," deals with reason and the lack of reason in the West, with guidance from experts Jane O. Newman, professor of comparative literature and European languages and studies at the University of California-Irvine and Laura Hatch, a Ph.D. student at UC-Irvine. Users can Browse Panels, clicking a panel to view an image of it and open options for its guided pathway. There is also a list of nine overlapping Mnemosyne Themes, accessible via the About tab. These themes link to the panels in which they appear and include topics like ancient cosmology, theatricality and anatomy, and the legacy of Greek astronomical thought. A section of suggested Readings by and about Warburg, as well as readings related to each panel, completes the site.
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September 27th, 2019
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September 24th, 2019 at 10:04am
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September 24th, 2019 at 1:51pm
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