- Series: Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231146906
- ISBN-13: 978-0231146906
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Whitney Davis is professor of history and theory of ancient and modern art at the University of California at Berkeley. Educated at Harvard University, he is the author of A General Theory of Visual Culture, along with five other books on prehistoric, ancient, and modern arts and art theory, as well as on the history and theory of sexuality.
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Yet this task has not been accomplished in this turgid and disjointed book, whose ten chapters are all too evidently the product of different occasions and inspirations. Put simply, there is far too little on Johann Joachim Winckelmann and far too much on Sigmund Freud. The book is saturated with Freud.
Davis' admires Alex Potts' scholarship in the Getty edition of Winckelmann's masterpiece, but fails to acknowledge that that scholarship is far surpassed by the indispensable four-volume edition and commentary sponsored by the Mainz Akademie.
His book abounds in recondite footnotes in various languages, yet Davis fails to provide a proper account of the critical analysis that has devastated Freud's notorious 1910 Leonardo essay. This analysis goes all the way back to Meyer Schapiro's classic paper of 1956. More generally, Davis seems reluctant to address the mass of searching critiques of psychoanalysis as a discipline. For him, apparently, Sigmund Freud and the pseudodisciplne he inspired are towering repositories of insight and truth. In the year 2011 this hero worship just won't do.