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Aby Warburg in America again : with an edition of his unpublished correspondence with Edwin R. A. Seligman (1927-1928)

Stimili, Davide

"I presented on this occasion for the first time the unpublished correspondence between the
German art historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929) and Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman (1861-
1939), who was to retire in 1931 after a distinguished career as McVickar professor of political
economy at Columbia University. The correspondence between Warburg and Seligman is
preserved among the Edwin R. A. Seligman Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
Columbia University, and is going to be published, along with an introduction, based on a revised
and expanded version of my talk, in the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 48 (2005). As I
argue in my introduction, the correspondence provides the best available record of a still largely
unexplored chapter in Warburg’s life: his thwarted attempt to return to America in 1928, after the
famous trip to the Hopi regions of Arizona and New Mexico in the waning years of the nineteenth
century. The publication of the correspondence is therefore a necessary complement to any
future "definitive biography" of Aby Warburg."

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Italian Academy
Publisher
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Series
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Published Here
March 30, 2011
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