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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Mourning and Its Effect on Michelangelo's Art. Jerome D. Oremland. Pp. 317-351.. Psychoanal Q., 52:144.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Mourning and Its Effect on Michelangelo's Art. Jerome D. Oremland. Pp. 317-351.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:144

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Mourning and Its Effect on Michelangelo's Art. Jerome D. Oremland. Pp. 317-351.

James F. Bing

This last article is outstanding for its creative thoughts and richness of ideas. Oremland's analysis of the Madonna and the Pietàs shows how Michelangelo's object relations matured during his lifetime, and how his mourning based on his early losses served his creativity. The paper depicts in a masterful though speculative way how the mourning process and creativity are interwoven. Michelangelo's personality development matured over the years by virtue of his artistic and life experiences; therefore his works not only served the purpose of mourning, but also furthered his psychological maturation. The author speculates that from this study of these works of art, one can see how Michelangelo progressed from a narcissistic object choice of homosexuality to a more appropriate genital object choice. The author's documentation of his data is persuasive in proving his contentions.

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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 52:144

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