Reading the Stars of the Renaissance. Fritz Saxl and Astrology

Journal of Art Historiography. 2011;5:5-RD/1


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Journal Title: Journal of Art Historiography

ISSN: 2042-4752 (Online)

Publisher: Department of Art History, University of Birmingham

LCC Subject Category: Fine Arts: Arts in general | Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Anthropology

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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This article discusses Fritz Saxl’s publications on astrological images from the western Middle Ages and Renaissance, from his early study on the representation of the planets (1912), via his catalogues of astrological and mythological manuscripts (1915 and 1927) and his contributions on the depiction of the children of the planets (1919, 1923, 1927) to his booklet on the astrological ceiling in the Villa Farnesina in Rome (1934). It aims to assess the importance of Saxl’s work and to show his development from a close follower of Aby Warburg to an independent theorist, with his own method and approach and his own answer to one of the central issues Warburg had raised – how the integrate the old image of the Renaissance as the revival of classical Antiquity with the new picture of the Renaissance as the birth of the modern rational world presented by Burckhardt during the nineteenth century.