Let me end with the confession of a personal inconsistency: I was trained almost forty years ago in the two then outstanding European centres for the study of art history, in Vienna and Berlin. But I soon realized that my specific gifts would not make me into a real art historian who would write a biography of Raphael or Cézanne. Thus I have become a vagrant, a wanderer through the museums and libraries of Europe, at times a labourer tilling the soil on the borderstrip between art history, Literature, science and religion, and I must confess that I almost always enjoyed this life and am still enjoying it very much. I wish that one or other of you would, not exactly follow my peculiar example, but take up art history as your life’s business.
Fritz Saxl, “Why Art History? (Royal Holloway College, March 1948)” en Lectures, London: The Warburg Institute, University of London, 1957, I, p. 357.