Per monstra ad sphaeram. Aby Warburg, Reader of Giordano Bruno Between History of Philosophy and Kulturgeschichte. One year before his death in September 1928, Aby Warburg, accompanied by his assistant Gertrud Bing, undertook a journey to Italy to study the works of Giordano Bruno, above all Spaccio de la bestia trionfante and Eroici furori. Focusing on his notebook on Bruno, his correspondence (in particular with Ernst Cassirer) and some pages in the Tagebuch der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Bibliothek Warburg, the Article aims to outline Warburg’s interpretation of the nova filosofia and the key role he assigns to Brunus Nolanus in the complex transition from the mythical view of the universe to the modern scientific approach to reality.
Keywords: Giordano Bruno, Aby Warburg, Kulturgeschichte, Renaissance philosophy, mythology