Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, V. 3: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, V. 3

1st Edition

Edited by Mary M. Gedo


400 pages

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This new hardcover annual offers a unique scholarly format, an interdisciplinary dialogue that, it is hoped, will foster the development of a sound, useful methodology for applying psychoanalytic insight to art and artists. The series provides a medium for those who study art, those who interpret it, and occasionally those who create it, formally to explore the meaning of an artistic work as the direct reflection of the inner world of its creator.

Within each volume, individual topics are addressed by either an art historian or a psychoanalyst, with a response frequently tendered by an expert from the other field. Reviews of important books of cross-disciplinary interest are treated in a similar manner, and include rebuttals by the authors themselves. It is precisely this exchange of ideas among scholars with difference perspectives on the meaning of a work of art that sets PPA apart from the standard art history publication. Its depth of scholarship, coupled with its innovative format, make it a fascinating addition to the burgeoning field of psychoanalytic studies of art history.

Table of Contents

I. Renaissance Topics

An Affinity Between the Comic and the Sublime in Pictorial Imagery - A. Poseq

Michelangelo's Eve in the Sistine Temptation - J. A. Phillips

What Raphael Meant to Vasari - G. H. Huntley

II. Proto Surrealism and Surrealism

The Mystery and Melancholy of the 19th Century Sculpture in de Chirico's Pittura Matafisica - N. Scott

De Chirico: The Girl with the Hoop - M. Heyd

De Chirico: The Greetings of a Distant Friend - M. Heyd

Sisters and Birds: Meaningful Symbols in the Work of Max Ernst - C. Stokes

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Sister Symbolism in the Art of de Chirico and Ernst - L. Shengold

A Note on Magritte's Use of the Shroud - A. Abarbanel

Surrealism's Re-Visions of Psychoanalysis - S. L. Post

III. The Position of the Artist in the Modern World

The Dangers of Originality: Creativity and the Artistic Process - M. Csikszentmihalyi

Cezanne's Bathers: A Psychoanalyst's View - A. Esman

Henri Matisse's Self-Portraits: Presentation and Representation - C. Bock

Self-Confrontation the Early Works of the Vienna School - G. Porter Aichele

Tumarkin and the Feminine Archetype - A. Poseq

IV. Book Review

Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord - F. Galuszka

Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord - L. Wilson

About the Editor

A former clinical psychologist, Mary Matthews Gedo received her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern Univeristy in 1972. She is the author of Picasso - Art as Autobiography, and of numerous essays on the art and artists of Chicago.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health