Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance

Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance

Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance

Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance

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The six ,Mary Flexner Lectures printed in this volume are, in part, not new. The introductory chapter synthesizes the revised content of a methodological article published by the writer in 1932 with a study on classical mythology in mediaeval art published in the following year by the writer in collaboration with Dr.F.Saxl; the content of the lecture on Father Time is, in part, identical with that of a chapter in the book Melancholia, likewise composed by the writer and Dr.Saxl; and the lecture on Piero di Cosimo unites two articles recently published in the Journal of the Warburg Institute and in the Worcester Museum Annual.

An excuse for this may be found in the following considerations: the methodological article has appeared, and the Melancholia will appear, in German, and both may not be easily accessible to English and American readers. The ideas set forth in the study on classical mythology in the Middle Ages are so important for the understanding of the whole series of lectures that it seemed advisable to repeat them here. And the two articles on Piero di Cosimo had to be published, for practical reasons, in two different places, and out of their connection with the other studies.

In a wider sense, Dr. Saxl's share in this little book is even greater. The methods which the writer has tried to apply are based on what he and Dr. Saxl have learned together from the late Professor A. Warburg, and . . .

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