ARTH 260 * Introduction to Art History * Professor Sarah Benson * Spring 2005
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imagesUnit 1: week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4
Unit 2: week 5 | week 6
blackboardsection: week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6 | week 7 | week 8
paper 1 | paper 2 | paper3 | journal
online resourcesCornell Library | Grove Dictionary of Art | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford Dictionary of Art | Oxford Companion to Western Art | Oxford Dictionary of Architecture | History of Art Dept. | Cornell Homepage
Quiz on week 6 images
VAN GOGH's ear, Sigmund FREUD, and the image of the troubled artist
Complete the readings and prepare answers for the following questions in your journal.
1) Outline the basic tenets of FREUD as D'ALLEVA explains them. In order to do a Freudian analysis of VAN GOGH's self-portraits, what sort of evidence might you need (either within the works or external to them)?
2) COLLINS writes that the psychoanalytic study of art (in which a work can be studied as a symptom of its maker's psychosis) has been largely discredited. What, if anything, does he argue could be salvaged from this approach?
3) What functions and interpretations does ZEMEL assign to VAN GOGH's self-portraits (see examples below)?
4) Create your own self-portrait in your journal (be it a sketch, painting, or collage). Make sure you bring your journal to section!
* STOKSTAD , AH , "The Object Speaks: Large Plane Trees ," p. xlvii; "Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States," pp. 940-41; "Post-Impressionism," pp. 993-998
* ZEMEL, "Self-Portraits: the Construction of Professional Identity"
* COLLINS, "Art & Psychoanalysis: Van Gogh and Gaughin on the Couch"
* D'ALLEVA, "Psychology and Perception in Art"