On the reverse. Some notes on photographic images from the Warburg Institute Photographic Collection

Katia Mazzucco


How can the visual and textual data about an image – the image of a work of art – on recto and verso of a picture be interpreted? An analogical-art-documentary photograph represents a palimpsest to be considered layer by layer. The examples discussed in this article, which refer to both Aby Warburg himself and the first nucleus of the Warburg Institute Photographic Collection, contribute to effectively outline elements of the debate around the question of the photographic reproduction of the work of art as well as of the position of photography in relation to the perception of the work of art.


Photography; Montage; Warburg; Artwork; Reproduction

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-11471

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