Laurie Schneider Adams

Art and Psychoanalysis

HarperCollins, Icon Edition, 1993
This book surveys the different ways in which the psychoanalytic method of interpretation can be applied to the visual arts.


1. Beginnings
2. Freud's Leonardo: the Controversy
3. The Psychological Impact of Imagery
4. Art and the Oedipus Complex
5. Dreams, Delusions, and Art
6. Michelangelo's Moses and Other Michelangelo Problems
7. The Transitional Object and its Implications for Creativity and Symbolism
8. Some Psychological Aspects of the Mother-Child Relationship in Western Art
9. Psychoanalytic Readings of Primal-Scene Iconography
10. Biography, Autobiography, and Psychobiography
11. Psychobiography: Caravaggio, Artemisia, Brancusi
12. Aesthetics on Trial: Whistler vs. Ruskin

Bibliography; Index

"Informative, clearly written, closely argued, stimulating, and in fact, quite fascinating. It is a pioneering contribution to the fields of art history and psychoanalysis.... makes you look at painting or sculpture and read the details in a new way.... Though serious in substance the book is remarkably easy to read and understand." -- Larissa Bonfante, Professor Emerita of Classics, New York University.

"One of the most fascinating art historical works I have read in years. It is exceptionally wide-ranging and will appeal to students of art as well as scholars -- not to mention readers in other fields .... The book is also filled with fresh, scholarly insights, and observations of various aspects of art and psychobiography that will be new to art historians." -- Paul Barolsky, Professor of Art History, University of Virginia

"Why should philosophers be interested in Art and Psychoanalysis? Because of the richness and range of the psychoanalytic readings both of the contents of works of visual art and the causal accounts of their making and because of what the readings suggest about the nature of interpretation and the human mind." --- Mary Bittner Wiseman, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Spanish edition

Selected Works

Art History
A one-semester introduction to the history of western art.
Combined volume A history of world art from prehistory to the present
An introduction to the methods of art historical analysis
A survey of Italian Renaissance art from the 14th through the 16th century
Two short introductions: one to Italian Renaissance Art and one to Baroque Art
A collection of essays on themes, style,and context in non-western art
Various psychoanalytic methods of interpretation applied to works of art and artists
A brief history of 19th-Century Western art
Art Appreciation
A lavishly illustrated, brief introduction to some of the most important topics in considering works of art
An introduction to works of art and architecture from the point of view of the artist and the viewer.
Art and Culture
An introduction to art in context for the general reader
A new biography of the mother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Lucrezia Tornabuoni De' Medici
Art and Law
Six famous art trials, from Whistler to Rothko
Based on the cases of Robert Volpe, art crime detective in New York City during the 1970's
Seven essays applying psychoanalysis to the humanities
A two-volume survey of the western humanities, including art, history, religion and myth, literature, philosophy, and science
For Children
How Alice Whipple became the proud owner of a boa constrictor and an esteemed member of the Peaches in the fourth grade

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