Laurie Schneider Adams


Laurie Adams received her PhD in art history from Columbia University and is Professor Emerita of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She is a practicing psychoanalyst and the author of books on art history, art appreciation, humanities, and articles on art and psychology. She is also the former editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Source: Notes in the History of Art* (1984-2015) and editor of the book Giotto in Perspective (Prentice-Hall, 1974) in the Artists in Perspective Series, general editor H. W. Janson.

Adams co-authored two books with Maria Grazia Pernis on major personages of 15th-century Italy, co-authored five childrens' books with Allison Coudert, and co-edited a volume on psychoanalysis and the humanities with Jacques Szaluta.

In 2011, her 1967 dissertation, The Iconography of Piero della Francesca's Arezzo Frescoes: the Legend of the True Cross in the Church of San Francesco in Arezzo was published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

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*For a list of back issues of Source and information on subscribing or contributing, please click here to go to the Source website.

Second 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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