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Art and Images in Psychiatry
July 2012

Daw Aung San Suu KyiFreedom to Lead

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(7):657-659. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2012.106

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subjected to it.—Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.1(p180)

Artists have long used art for patriotic purposes to signify important historical events. Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware2 signifies hope and courage in the face of adversity, and Eugene Delacroix's Marianne is a French national symbol and allegory for liberty and freedom. Conversely, in Soviet Russia and communist China, socialist realist art was used to reify and idealize the totalitarian leader and glorify his accomplishments; in America, Diego Rivera used socialist realism to promote a communist political agenda, when he added Vladimir Lenin to his mural, Man at the Crossroads, in the Rockefeller Center in New York.3

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