THE WARBURG INSTITUTE is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture.  It is dedicated to the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts, of all epochs and across the globe. As its motto - Mnemosyne - and its Library make clear it was the forerunner of current concerns with memory and material culture.  Read more...

Sandro Botticelli, Zephyrus and Aurora, detail from The Birth of Venus, ca 1485, tempera on canvas, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


The Warburg Institute Library, created as the personal library of Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the 19th century, holds a collection of international importance in the humanities. It is the largest collection in the world focused on Renaissance studies and the history of the classical tradition.

The unique classification system of the Library divides culture and its expression into four categories: Image: History of Art; Word: Texts and Transmission; Orientation: Religion, History of Science and Philosophy; and Action: Social and Political History. Read more ...


1 December 2015 - Libraries for Soldiers during the First World War - Dr Edmund King (Open University) - History of Libraries lecture at 17.30

27 January 2016 - The Paston Treasure Painting: An Allegory of Africa? - Professor Emeritus David Bindman (UCL) - Bilderfahrzeuge Project lecture at 17.30

2 February 2016 - The Manuscript Library of Cardinal de Richelieu - Professor François Bougard (CNRS, Paris) - History of Libraries lecture at 17.30

3 February 2016The Host, the World and the Sign of God: 'Maiestas Domini' from the 9th to the 13th Centuries - Professor François Bougard (CNRS, Paris) -Warburg lecture at 17.30

12 February 2016 - French Renaissance Narrative: Soundings and Explorations - Conference

Further information on future events    Annual Programme 2015/16 Leaflet 

FELLOWSHIPS at the Warburg Institute

One Long-term Fellowship and several Short-term Fellowships for tenure during 2016/17 are currently being advertised. The closing dates are 4 December 2015 and 27 November 2015 respectively. Read more ...