Visual Interests: The Intellectual Legacy of Michael Baxandall

 Booking for this conference will open on 1 February 2012. Please email Warburg(at) to register.  

The work of Michael Baxandall (1933-2008) was of profound importance to the study of the visual arts: its impact extended to all branches of the humanities as well as to the social sciences. To commemorate his achievement, the Warburg Institute will host a two-day conference. Invited speakers include Elizabeth Cook (London), Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute), Jan Koenderink (Utrecht), Allan Langdale (University of California at Santa Cruz), Evelyn Lincoln (Brown), Stephen Melville (Ohio State) and Robert Williams (University of California at Santa Barbara).


Thursday 24 May

10.30 Registration and Coffee

11.00 Welcome and Introduction: Peter Mack and Robert Williams

Jan Koenderink “Visual Awareness and Artistic Expression”

12.00 Alex Potts, “Painterly Envisaging and the Subject of Picturing”

1.0 Lunch for all participants in the Common Room

2.00 Paul Hills, “The Presence of Light”

2.50 Daniel Andersson, “Shades of Intention: Baxandall and the Problem of Shadows”

3.40 Tea

4.10 Robert Williams, “Baxandall and Gombrich”

5.00 Stephen Melville, “On Being Struck by Some of Baxandall’s Sentences”

6.00 Reception in the Common Room for all participants

7.00 Dinner for speakers and organizers

Friday 25 May

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Evelyn Lincoln, “Printing and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy”

11.20 Kimberly Skelton, “The Synecdochic Period Eye”

12.10 Thomas Willette, “Talking about Pictures: Training the Eye”

1.00 Lunch for all participants

2.00 Alberto Frigo, “Baxandall and Gramsci: Pictorial Intelligence and Organic Intellectuals”

2.50 Herman Roodenburg, “The Visceral Pleasure of Looking: On Baxandall, Langdale and Bourdieu”

3.40 Tea

4.10 Elizabeth Cook, “Michael Baxandall’s Stationing”

4.40 Closing Discussion

5.20 Conference Ends


Registration: £40   (£25 for concessions)  including coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch