Bernardino Branca
University of Kent, UK


Volume 4, April 2023





This fourth issue of the Edgar Wind Journal presents four articles, which can be divided
into three categories, directly or indirectly related to different aspects of Edgar Wind’s
works. The first article—Jaynie Anderson’s—is a straightforward art historical investigation
of a unique documentary source concerning the lost frescoes by Giorgione in the Fondaco
del Tedesco (which were also investigated by Edgar Wind). The second article—
Bernardino Branca’s—tries to reconstruct the common philosophical features of Wind’s
1930–33 papers, which were written before he abruptly left Hamburg because of Hitler’s
ascent to power. The final two articles, Giulia Maria Paoletti’s and Robert Pawlik’s, take a
distinctively comparative approach. Paoletti’s article compares and contrasts the philosophy
of Michael Psello, an eleventh-century Byzantine theologian, with that of Giordano Bruno,
the latter seen through the eyes of Wind’s 1938 letter to Frances Yates—recently published
in this journal—with the aim of finding their common features. Meanwhile, Pawlik’s article
takes an historiographical and art historical point of view in comparing the respective
writings of Walter Pater, Aby Warburg, and Edgar Wind on Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera.


The Edgar Wind Journal 4: 1-2, 2023
DOI: 10.53245/EWJ-000018
Copyright: © 2023 B. Branca. This is an open access, peer-reviewed article published by Bernardino Branca