Sigmund Freud T-shirt
Leonardo Da Vinci by Sigmund Freud
Hyperallergic's Art Library Series
Designed by Peter Rentz
Sigmund Freud‘s Leonardo da Vinci originally appeared in German, of course, but A.A. Brill’s English translation appeared soon after in 1915.
Ok, we all know this work by Freud is flawed but it’s still a beautiful work of creative non-fiction (fiction?). What did Freud get wrong? A lot of things, but this is the most notable:
Unfortunately for Freud, the word “vulture” was a mistranslation by the German translator of the Codex and the bird that Leonardo imagined was in fact a kite, a bird of prey which is occasionally a scavenger. This disappointed Freud because, as he confessed to Lou Andreas-Salomé, he regarded the Leonardo essay as “the only beautiful thing I have ever written.”