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Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School

Emily J. Levine


Once dubbed a city of “festering merchants” where poets went to die, Hamburg was, by all accounts, an improbable setting for a major movement in the humanities. Yet through its mercantile spirit of openness and its civic tradition of cultural philanthropy, this “second city” on Germany’s periphery had important implications for Weimar cultural and intellectual history. This book shows how the scholars Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, and Erwin Panofsky emerged from a unique combination of factors, including a new university, family networks, Jewishness, and urban life. It also traces the instituti ... More

Keywords: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, Hamburg, art history, philosophy, Jewish history, Weimar, intellectual history, urban

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226061689
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily J. Levine, author