Art and Images in Psychiatry
November 2010November 1, 2010

Caravaggio's Narcissus

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Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2010

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(11):1109. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.145

He looks in speechless wonder at himself and hangs there motionless in the same expression, like a statue carved from Parian marble. . . . he gazes at his eyes, twin stars, and his locks . . . on his smooth cheeks, his ivory neck, the glorious beauty of his face. . . . Unwittingly he desires himself . . . and burns with love. . . . How often did he offer vain kisses on the elusive pool?

—Ovid, Metamorphoses, book III, lines 418-4291

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