Item Number: 144452
Title: Freudís Trip to Orvieto : The Great Doctorís Unresolved Confrontation with Antisemitism, Death, and Homoeroticism; His Passion for Paintings; and the Writer in His Footsteps
Author: Weber, Nicholas Fox
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Description: New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 352pp. illus.
Summary: After a visit to the cathedral at Orvieto in Italy, Sigmund Freud deemed Luca Signorelliís frescoes the greatest artwork heíd ever encountered; yet, a year later, he couldnít recall the artistís name. When the name came back to him, the images he had so admired vanished from his mindís eye. This is known as the ďSignorelli parapraxisĒ in the annals of Freudian psychoanalysis and is a famous example from Freudís own life of his principle of repressed memory. What was at the bottom of this? There have been many theories on the subject, but Nicholas Fox Weber is the first to study the actual Signorelli frescoes for clues. What Weber finds in these extraordinary Renaissance paintings provides unexpected insight into this famously confounding incident in Freudís biography. As he sounds the depths of Freudís feelings surrounding his masculinity and Jewish identity, Weber is drawn back into his own past, including his memories of an adolescent obsession with a much older woman. Freudís Trip to Orvieto is an intellectual mystery with a very personal, intimate dimension. Through rich illustrations, Weber evokes artís singular capacity to provoke, destabilize, and enchant us, as it did Freud, and awaken our deepest memories, fears, and desires.
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