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Andrea Pinotti

Università degli Studi di Milano

Mneme. Collective Memory and Imaginative World


Andrea Pinotti (Mantova, 1967) graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy at the University of Milan, with a thesis entitled: 'The 'Eternal Gothic': Wilhelm Worringer's Art Theory. With grants from the University of Milan, he then studied at the University "S. Orsola Benincasa" in Naples (1992-1993), and at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (1994-1995), investigating the German aesthetic theories based on the concept of "empathy". His findings were published in an anthology entitled Aesthetics and Empathy. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Milan. His thesis, originally entitled Style and Apriori: Art History and Transcendental Aesthetics, was published under the title The Body of Style. History of Art as History of Aesthetics: Semper, Riegl and Wölfflin. He then worked as a researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Milan (1999-2002) on a project entitled Form, Symbol and Image: Aesthetics, Science of Expression and Philosophy of Culture in Aby Warburg's School. During this period he published two books: one devoted to the influence of Art Historians, such as Riegl and Wölfflin, on Walter Benjamin' theory of perception (Little History of Distance) and another concerning Goethe's morphological influence upon Warburg's theory of the collective memory of images in Western culture, specifically in the Italian Renaissance (Memories of the Neutra). He is presently a research fellow ("ricercatore") in Aesthetics in the same department, focusing on the physiologists (such as Ewald Hering and Richard Semon) who influenced some of the most significant theories of collective memory in 20th century (Aby Warburg, Carl G. Jung). He is also involved in the Italian Edition Project of Aby Warburg's Works (Warburg Institute-Nino Aragno Edizioni).