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The Warburg Institute MA in Cultural and Intellectual History aims to equip students for interdisciplinary research in Medieval and Renaissance studies and in the reception of the classical tradition. Students will become part of an international community of scholars, working in a world-famous library. They will broaden their range of knowledge to include the historically informed interpretation of images and texts, art history, philosophy, history of science, literature, and the impact of religion on society. Students will improve their knowledge of Latin, French and Italian and will acquire the library and archival skills essential for research on primary texts.
This twelve-month, full-time course is intended as an introduction to the principal elements of
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The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a foreign institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course. The course requires a working knowledge of a European modern language and knowledge of Latin or a willingness to study it. All students whose first language is not English must provide recent evidence that their written and spoken English is adequate for postgraduate study.
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The course has been a wonderful experience. The classes, such as Iconology, Palaeography, Material Culture and Sin and Sanctity in the Reformation, have broadened my knowledge, whilst the language skills I’ve developed have enabled me to pursue topics that I would never have been able to tackle before. The National Gallery module has been an invaluable experience, which not only allowed us to get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at such a prestigious museum but also to learn about curatorial practice. The other students, all from different backgrounds, have become great friends and helped create a stimulating learning environment. The staff, both at the Institute and at the National Gallery, have been extremely supportive and generous with their time making this experience a truly unique one.
Dr. Laura Popoviciu completed her MA in Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute prior to undertaking her PhD research ‘Between Taste and Historiography. Writing about Early Renaissance Works of Art in Venice and Florence (1550-1800)’. After completing her MA and PhD research at the Warburg Institute, alumna Dr. Laura Popoviciu is now a curator at the UK Government Art Collection.
"When I finished my BA studies, I knew that in order to become an art historian and gain a complex understanding of the early modern period, an interdisciplinary approach would be essential. That is exactly why I chose the Warburg Institute to pursue my MA and PhD studies and why I would unreservedly recommend the Institute as a place of study. It offered me a unique understanding of the interactions between image and word, art history, religion, literature and philosophy, across space and time."
"During my time at the Warburg, I was fortunate enough to work under the close supervision of Professor Jill Kraye and Professor Charles Hope, who have always encouraged me to seek further, to strengthen my arguments and challenge my ideas in a constructive way. I value their dedication and expertise as well as that of the entire staff and faculty. At the same time, having the opportunity to work as a library shelver allowed me to discover the library in new ways, to the point that I have been inspired to undertake the cataloguing of the library of the Government Art Collection."
"Studying at the Warburg Institute has allowed me to discover Medieval and Renaissance texts on a variety of topics, which have fundamentally transformed the way I think about the early modern period. I very much enjoyed deciphering Italian and Latin palaeography texts. I also remember very fondly all the encounters and exchanges of thoughts and ideas that take place in the Warburg Institute common room."
"I became a curator at a time when I was looking to gain closer contact with artworks. After I finished my PhD, I embarked on a one-year assiduous journey in search of such a role. Most of the time, the path led me to further explorations, until one day I had the opportunity to discover a new direction. I embraced it and I became a research curator at the Government Art Collection."
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