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3713, Gradiva, 1908

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Material: Plaster
Dimensions: 79 x 45 x 6.5 cm

Cast relief of a woman walking gracefully, known as the "Gradiva" [from an original in the Vatican Museum].

In 1907 Freud was alone on holiday in Rome. On 24th September he wrote home: "Imagine my joy when after such long solitude I saw a dear, familiar face today in the Vatican; however the recognition was one-sided, for it was the Gradiva, high up on a wall." Afterwards Freud acquired this plaster cast of the bas-relief in the Vatican.

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