Gods of Freud
A stunning and surprising re-evaluation of Freud's life and legacy told through his extraordinary art collection.Janine Burke, award-winning author and art historian, reveals an intriguing new perspective on sigmund Freud - as an obsessive artcollector, a passionate and reckless man intent on surrounding himself with beautiful objects.Sigmund Freud's collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities must be one of the world's best-kept secrets. Over a 40-year period he amassed an extraordinary array of nearly three thousand statues, vases, reliefs, busts,fragments of papyrus, rings, precious stones and prints. For Freud, psychoanalysis and his art collection developed together in a symbiotic relationship, each informing and enriching the other. To create a portrait of Freud the art collector, Janine Burke builds a vibrant, richly detailed and intimate image of his life and times, set against the glittering, decadent background of fin-de-siecle Vienna where an artistic flowering took place in painting, theatre, writing and architecture.
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