Why a video about Freud’s artifacts? At Artotems Co. collectively we have backgrounds in psychology, anthropology, and art, as well as design and marketing. That being said, we delve into these subjects at times for ourselves and for our customers. The video above presents a small number of the artifacts held in the collection at the Freud Museum in London.
Freud was a passionate collector of antiquities. Egyptian gods, Mesopotamian cylinder seals, Greek and Roman statues, Near Eastern and Chinese figurines and these items lined his consulting room. The past is a subject he was intimately involved with in more ways than one. While we make a connection to his collecting and his vocation in the video we will let you make further associations if you wish.
For further exploration into Freud, art and artifacts we recommend the book: Sigmund Freud and Art: His Personal Collection of Antiquities. It can be found below.
The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud’s study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.
It contains Freud’s remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost 2,000 items fill cabinets and are ranged on every surface. There are rows of ancient figures on the desk where Freud wrote until the early hours of the morning. The walls are lined with shelves containing Freud’s large library.