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.
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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
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