Angelus Novus
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The title of one of many representations of angels by Paul Klee, an oil-transfer drawing with watercolor from 1920, which Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) acquired in June 1921. It became known through the latter’s conceptual image of the “Angel of History” in his last text Über den Begriff der Geschichte (“On the Concept of History,” 2006), which develops an epistemological critique of the conce…

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Sigrid Weigel, Berlin, “Angelus Novus”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 23 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0030>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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