The Sphinx on the Table: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection and the Development of Psychoanalysis

3.87 avg rating
( 15 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780802715036: The Sphinx on the Table: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection and the Development of Psychoanalysis
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Sigmund Freud's collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities is one of the art world's best-kept secrets. Over a forty year period he amassed an extraordinary array of nearly three thousand statues, vases, reliefs, busts, rings and prints.
For Freud, psychoanalysis and his art collection developed together in a symbiotic, nourishing relationship, each informing and enriching the other. Freud used myth to illustrate controversial theories like the Oedipus complex, situating ancient symbolism in a modern context. He explored the archaeology of the mind, unearthing his patients' dreams and memories while creating a personal museum of ancient treasure. Freud compared the process to analysis, where he, "cleared away material, layer by layer", to the technique of excavating a buried city.
To create a portrait of Freud the art collector, Janine Burke builds a vibrant, richly detailed and intimate image of his life and times, tracing Freud's taste for beautiful things back to his earliest years. The Sphinx on the Table is set against the glittering, decadent, backdrop of fin-de-siecle Vienna where an artistic flowering took place in painting, theater, writing and architecture.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Janine Burke is the award-winning author of fifteen books of art history, biography and fiction. She has lectured extensively on art, curated exhibitions, written for newspapers and journals and acted as a consultant to films and documentaries. Dr. Burke has the cooperation of the Freud Museum, London where the collection is housed.

From Booklist:

When choosing the epigraph for his famous Interpretation of Dreams Freud considered a provocative line from Aristotle: "Enter--for here too are gods." That line, Burke asserts, would have made the perfect greeting for those entering the famous psychologist's study, a room crowded with a remarkable private collection of Egyptian, Roman, and Greek antiquities. In these antiquities, Burke sees potent embodiments of the mythologies that inspired--and challenged--Freud as he framed his revolutionary theories. When the pioneering analyst probed the psychosexual tensions in the family, he had at his elbow an ancient Greek image of Oedipus, the ill-fated Theban hero. And when Freud plumbed the primal depths of the unconscious, he was surrounded by ancient figures of satyrs. But Burke finds in Freud's artworks not only essential elements of Freud's triumphs but also telling symbols of his failures. Collector of numerous ancient goddesses and of various female sphinxes, Freud never solved the riddle of female desires, never recognized the possibilities for women's political engagement. Even when purchasing male gods and heroes, Freud was betraying a compulsive acquisitiveness symptomatic of deep personal insecurity. Lucid and persuasive, Burke has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing reassessment of Freud's genius. Bryce Christensen
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Burke, Janine
Published by Walker (2006)
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pomfret Street Books
(Carlisle, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Book. Seller Inventory # 070869

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Janine Burke
Published by Walker Books (2006)
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker Books, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0802715036

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Janine Burke
Published by Walker & Company (2006)
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st US Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0802715036

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Burke, Janine
Published by Walker Books (2006)
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker Books, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110802715036

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Burke, Janine
Published by Walker Books
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0802715036 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0370744

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Janine Burke
Published by Walker & Company, New York , NY (2006)
ISBN 10: 0802715036 ISBN 13: 9780802715036
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
monobooks
(Livingston, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company, New York , NY, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st US edition. First US edition stated 2006, first printing , numbers line starts with 1, Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, spine not creased, no markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent page corners, not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no tears no chips no edgewear, Price not clipped. 8vo, 368 pages, illustrated, bibliography, index. Seller Inventory # 016219

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 55.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds