Gradiva - Plaster-cast Replica of Freud's Relief by Martha Todd



"I saw today a dear familiar face"

Sigmund Freud in a letter to his wife, Martha Bernays (1907)

He was referring to a Roman bas-relief in the Vatican Museum which was an inspiration for Wilhelm Jensen's novel, Gradiva. In the same year, Freud published a famous study of the book entitled Delusions and Dreams in Jensen's Gradiva and he later acquired a copy of the bas-relief, now known as Gradiva, which hangs in his study. 

This plaster-cast relief is made exclusively for the Freud Museum and cannot be found anywhere else. Each relief has a hook at the back for hanging and comes in two finishes:

  • Sepia oil paint (grey bag)
  • Golden shellac and bronze powder (blue bag)

Gradiva, relief in Sigmund Freud's study

Length: 19.5cm
Width: 10cm
Depth: 2cm

Packed in a cotton gift bag

All busts are individually made and will vary slightly.

About the Artist
Martha Todd RCA MA is an artist working from her studio in North London. Her work is often conceptual and normally involves sculpting figurative forms, both human and animal. She makes work for exhibitions and on commission.

Read more about our partnership with Martha here. 

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