<i>Synderesis</i>: The “Bruno-Reise”

Christopher D. Johnson

in Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780801477423
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801464065
Synderesis: The “Bruno-Reise”

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This chapter traces how Warburg came to view Giordano Bruno's cosmography, imagery, and biography as confirming the central motifs of the Mnemosyne project. It details Warburg's and Gertrud Bing's attempts during their late September 1928 to June 1929 sojourn in Italy to explicate Bruno, and then it considers Cassirer's insistence that the interdisciplinary Warburg was the thinker best suited for this task. Such praise, this chapter contends, acquires still greater weight if we ponder Warburg's appropriation of Bruno's cardinal notion of synderesis, which signals both an ironic conscience and the faculty of intuition needed to join disparate things in a single vision.

Keywords: Giordano Bruno; Mnemosyne; Gertrud Bing; synderesis; Ernst Cassirer

Chapter.  15715 words. 

Subjects: History of Art

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