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The history of artistic creativity in psychotic patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18587278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The article deals with the question of artistic creativity in psychotic patients, focussing particularly on why it occurs and how interest in it developed. One of the main motivations for carrying out this study was to explore the idea of the connection between genius and insanity, which was accepted by one of the most important pre-Freud psychiatrists of the 19th century, Cesare Lombroso. The article describes the history of the first exhibitions and collections of artistic creations of psychotic patients, of which the most important is the collection of Hans Prinzhorn. It also conveys the influence of Adolf Wölfli, psychotic patient, who was one of the most notable creators and influenced the concept of art brut at the beginning of the 20th century.
Vlasta Meden Klavora
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatria Danubina     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0353-5053     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatr Danub     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-30     Completed Date:  2008-09-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9424753     Medline TA:  Psychiatr Danub     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Private psychiatric clinic, Gradnikove Brigade St. no. 7, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
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MeSH Terms
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Medicine in Art*
Paintings / history*
Psychotic Disorders / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Cesare Lombroso

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