Artibus et Historiae no. 2 (I)

1980, ISSN 0391-9064

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GABRIELLO MILANTONI - What Kind of Melancholy?

Analyzing the psychological concept of melancholy, the author draws on vast visual material, from representations in ancient art, through modern art to movies and theatre. On the conceptual level the author gives two contrasting definitions of melancholy, that of Cesare Ripa on the one hand, and that of Sigmund Freud on the other, centuries apart from each other, in order to stimulate by such contrast an immediate response, valid for considerations on radically different visualisations of the concept for different ages, backgrounds and means of expression.

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