Art and Images in Psychiatry

Art, the creative expression of the mind, provides a window into the human condition. Between 2002 and 2014, JAMA Psychiatry published monthly essays by James C. Harris, MD, Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, exploring the role of the visual arts in representing truths about mental health, coping with illness, trauma and conflict, addressing social stigma, and enriching society's understanding of mental illness. The JAMA Network is pleased to compile these essays for easy access by trainees, physicians, and the public.



William Hogarth, Bedlam

Bereavement: Coping With Loss

Claude Monet, Camille on Her Death Bed

Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Dr. Gauchet


Frida Kahlo, The Suicide of Dorothy Hale

Anxiety Disorders

Edvard Munch, Anxiety (Angst)

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Richard Dadd, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke

Substance Abuse

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Hangover (Gueule de Bois)

Traumatic Life Events

Egon Schiele, The Family (Squatting Couple)

Sexual Issues and Rape

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Tarquin and Lucretia (Rape of Lucretia)

Depth Psychology (Freud and Jung)

Salvador Dalí, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Marriage and Family Life

Marie-Clémentine (Suzanne) Valadon, Portrait of the Family


J. J. Grandville, Gulliver's Travels: The Struldbruggs

Finding Meaning: Beliefs, Spirituality, and Art

William Kurelek, All Things Betray Thee Who Betrayest Me

Forensic Psychiatry

Théodore Gericault, The Obsession of Envy (Monomanie de l'envie)

Art as a Window Into Brain Functioning

Hieronymus Bosch, The Cure of Folly