Warburg Institute

Edited by Paul Taylor
September 1, 2008
Contributors to the conference held at the Warburg Institute in June 2005 were asked to consider the question: how, if at all, can we investigate the iconographic themes of cultures that have left us few or no textual records? Some have responded directly while others have expanded the terms of debate but we hope that all the essays included in this book will be of interest to art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists who are faced with the problem of interpreting visual artefacts that have become divorced from the cultural contexts in which they once had meaning.
November 1, 1981
These studies make a companion to Alessandro Perosa’s edition (1960) of pagine sceltefrom the Zibaldone of Giovanni Rucellai (1403-1481). The Zibaldone was intended as a guide to Rucellai’s two sons in the conduct of their lives and is by turns family history, record of things done and seen, book of commercial management, chronicle of artistic patronage, Florentine history, and moral treatise.The volume now published is centred on the character and achievement of Giovanni Rucellai and, in particular, on the palace which embodies the aspirations of this Florentine merchant patrician. It is the result of collaboration between three Italian, one Australian and one American scholar, under the general direction of Professor Nocolai...
Edited by Walter Friedlaender and Anthony Blunt
December 1, 1963
Studies for the Long Gallery. The Decorative Drawings. The Illustrations to Leonardo's Treatise. The Landscape Drawings.
Edited by Neil Kenny
April 1, 1991
Investigates the relationship between philosophy and fiction in the 16th century, especially in French vernacular writing. The texts under consideration treat one or more branches of learning, including metaphysics and alchemy but also contain an element of fiction.
Edited by Dirk Miert
November 1, 2013
The case studies in this volume juxtapose instances of knowledge exchange across a variety of fields usually studied in isolation: anthropology, medicine, botany, epigraphy, astronomy, geography, philosophy and chronology. In their letters, scientists and scholars tried to come to grips with the often unclear epistemological status of an ‘observation’, a term which covered a wide semantic field, ranging from acts of perceiving to generalized remarks on knowledge. Observations were associated with descriptions, transcriptions, copies, drawings, casts and coordinates, and they frequently took into account the natural, material, linguistic, historical, religious and social contexts. Early modern scholars were well aware of the transformations...
D. P. Walker
January 6, 1964
From the Introduction: “We are … justified in asking: why did the doctrine of hell remain almost unchallenged for so long a time, and why did it begin to lose its hold in the 17th century? In this book I shall suggest several answers to both questions. The most obvious answer to the first question is the very strong scriptural authority for the doctrine. But a more fundamental reason for the long triumph of hell was the firm and almost universal belief in its value as a deterrent in this life. It was thought that, if the fear of eternal punishment were removed, most people would behave without any moral restraint whatever and that society would collapse into an anarchical orgy… it was claimed that only criminals and debauchees could have...
Hugo of Santalla and edited by Charles Burnett and David Pingree
June 30, 1997
This is a Latin translation made in the mid-12th century of a lost Arabic astrological text on nativities and anniversaries, probably by Masha'allah (762-c.815). The Latin text, the work of Hugo of Santalla, who was in the entourage of Michael, Bishop of Tarazona, in 1145, sheds light on the early stage of Arabic astrology in Baghdad, which was based on Greek and Middle Persian sources, and it includes a bibliography of these sources. This work provides English translations of the parallel passages based on Masha'allah's text - the "Book of Nativities" of Sahl b. Bishr. The book concludes with an index of the sources mentioned and a comprehensive word index.
Edited by Jill Kraye, Laura Lepschy, and Nicola Jones
December 1, 2007
This volume represents the proceedings of the conference in memory of Vittore Branca held at the Warburg Institute in October 2005. Almost all the papers delivered at the conference are included, as well as two additional ones. The essays reflect the breadth of Branca’s interests, from medieval to contemporary, and his ability to relate to scholars at all stages of their careers. The contributions focus on Boccaccio’s Decameron and its later reception, Renaissance authors such as Petrarch and Machiavelli, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers Vittorio Alfieri and Ugo Foscolo, and a variety of twentieth-century figures including the novelist Cesare Pavese and the poet Eugenio Montale. Branca’s special interest in Venice is...
Michael Evans
February 1, 1995
Grammar in this context means Latin grammar. Latin means not the language of Cicero and his Humanist epigones but the dialect of international discourse in pre-modern Europe. Basic means enough grammar to enable the reader to construe utilitarian prose with confidence and a dictionary. The method employed is that in use from the time of the Roman grammarian Priscian (early 16th century) until recently: parsing in a text. The text used here is "Elucidarium", ("The Elucidator") which was a a school-book, in Latin and many vernaculars, until the 16th century. It is a dialogue about God, the Church and the Last Things written by the peripatetic scholar Honorius Augustodunensis at the beginning of the 12th century: the edition published here is...

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