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Dreamland of HumanistsWarburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School$
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Emily J. Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226061689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.001.0001

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Culture, Commerce, and the City

Culture, Commerce, and the City

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(p.27) One Culture, Commerce, and the City
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Dreamland of Humanists
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Emily J. Levine

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.003.0002

The first chapter argues that the relationship between the brothers Aby and Max Warburg and the Warburg banking family provide a civic exemplar of Hamburg’s unique urban landscape, the so-called “Hamburg model,” in which merchant families supported the city’s cultural life through their private wealth. That Hamburg possessed no tradition of state-sponsored art or culture was the source of both advantages and disadvantages of intellectual life. Warburg often complained about the city’s philistine cultural taste and experienced friction with its tastemakers like Alfred Lichtwark. Yet despite their Jewishness, the Warburg family wielded a tremendous amount of control on this urban scene. This chapter shows how this distinctive urban landscape shaped Warburg’s own intellectual upbringing and set the stage for his unique collection of books that would develop into the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg (Warburg library).

Keywords:   Aby Warburg, Max Warburg, Alfred Lichtwark, culture, city, Hamburg model, banking, Jewishness, Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg, Warburg library

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