Rembrandt's The Polish Rider

Ellen Handler Spitz examines the relationship between psychoanalysis and the arts in new publications

In two new publications, Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz provides rich analysis of intersections between psychology and the arts.

In a special online issue of the American Psychological Association journal, “Psychoanalytic Psychology” devoted to the humanities, Spitz has the lead article, linking the humanities with psychoanalysis by building on an expanded lecture presented initially at the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute. Read more about her article Anna, Gregor, and Ajax: Translation and Transference” on the APA website. 

Spitz is also the author of a chapter on “Psychoanalysis and the Visual 
Arts” in the new Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and the HumanitiesHer chapter focuses on Rembrandt’s “The Polish Rider,” which lives in the Frick Collection in New York City.

Earlier this month, Professor Spitz presented a talk at the 33rd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts at the Université de Reims in France. Her talk was based on her research on “The Psychology of Fairy Tales.” The conference was attended by delegates from the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Austria, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, and Belgium, among other countries.

Spitz is the author of six books on the arts and psychology. Read more about Spitz’s work on the Honors College website

Image: Rembrandt’s “The Polish Rider.” Image from Art Gallery ErgsArt, public domain image.