Jeffrey Hamburger is Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture at Harvard University.

The New Chartres: An Exchange

The repainted choir of Chartres Cathedral, July 11, 2012 (Click to enlarge)

Contrary to Martin Filler’s assertion that virtually nothing remains of the previous painting at Chartres, beneath the grime not one, but two layers of false masonry were visible, one dating to the thirteenth, the other to the fifteenth century. If there is anything controversial, it lies with the restorers’ decision to use the thirteenth-century false masonry as their guide.

Save the Warburg Library!

The first floor of the Warburg Institute, where, Anthony Grafton and Jeffrey Hamburger write, ‘any sustained trip into the...stacks will bring the reader not only to the books he or she is looking for, but also to their unexpected “good neighbours”’
Much of Britain’s industry has disappeared. The recently vaunted financial sector is in disarray. But British universities remain world leaders. They set high standards. They support innovative research. Above all, as the distinguished Bristol historian Fernando Cervantes pointed out recently in the TLS, they offer a uniquely intensive form of …

Save the Warburg Library!

An exhibition on rare books assembled for a presentation in the Warburg Library Reading Room in Hamburg, April 1927

Much of Britain’s industry has disappeared. The recently vaunted financial sector is in disarray. But British universities remain world leaders. The conditions that have made this possible included, in the past, a loose, egalitarian organization, substantial autonomy for scholars and teachers, and a generous esprit de corps. Yet instead of preserving this distinguished and successful sector of British life, both Labour and Tory governments seem bent on rearing hierarchies, crushing autonomy, and destroying morale.