Leonardo da Vinci | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Wayne Andersen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Leonardo da Vinci.
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Critical Essay by Wayne Andersen

SOURCE: “Leonardo da Vinci and the Slip of Fools,” in History of European Ideas, Vol. 18, No. 1, 1994, pp. 61-78.

In the following essay, Andersen examines the historical consequences of Freud's analysis of Leonardo's dream, which relies on a mistranslation of Leonardo's account.

About a century has passed since Sigmund Freud initiated psychobiography with a startling analysis of Leonardo da Vinci's personality. He submitted that, because Leonardo was born illegitimately to a peasant woman, his early years were spent with only a mother. Without a father to balance mothering, he was left to her tender seduction, ‘kissed by her into sexual prematurity’. He became fixed on his mother and absorbed her femininity. The fixation, Freud concluded, turned him toward homosexuality, and because his youthful sexual inquisitiveness couldn’t be...

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