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Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg, Dürer and Mantegna

Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg, Dürer and Mantegna


Aby Warburg (1866 - 1929) was one of the most influential art historians and cultural theorists of the twentieth century. Reconstructing a celebrated lecture delivered in 1905, which Warburg illustrated with original works of art, this publication examines his pioneering research on the role of classical antiquity and Italian art in the work of Albrecht Dürer. Focusing on the artist's master drawing The Death of Orpheus, it sheds light both on Dürer's early influences as well as on Warburg's own remarkable intellectual methods. 

  • Marcus Andrew Hurttig

    October 2013

    56 pages, paperback 
    210 x 210 mm, 35 illustrations 
    ISBN: 978-1907372582

  • Exhibition

    The Courtauld Gallery, London

    17 October 2013 – 12 January 2014

  • In the press

    "Antiquity Unleashed … underscores [the Courtauld's] rejection of populism and its determination to place scholarly enquiry at the heart of its agenda." - The Arts Desk


    "[A] good reason for treating yourself to a Christmas or New Year visit to the Courtauld." —The Spectator 

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