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[Art and Artifacts] [Artist and model by Mihaly von Zichy (1827-1906)]

The Kinsey Institute art and artifact collection contains items from the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, and spans more than 2,000 years of human history. Representative objects include fresco fragments from a Roman house, small Egyptian amulets from before the Common Era, Moche ceramic vessels from pre-Columbian Peru, 19th-century Japanese pillow books and Chinese scrolls.

Artists represented in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Leonore Fini, William Hogarth, Thomas Hart Benton, Lucas van Leyden, Marcantonio Raimondi, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Otto Dix, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Nicolas Tassaert. There are also numerous works by lesser-known fine artists, as well as many examples of folk and popular art by anonymous creators. Art and artifacts are gathered for their relevance to the understanding of human sexuality, reproduction and gender issues, rather than for their artistic value per se.

There are more than 7,000 cataloged art objects and artifacts in the Institute's collection. They are organized geographically by country and then chronologically. The majority of the pieces come from North America, Europe and Asia, but Africa, Central and South America, and Australia are also represented. Although most of the items in the collection were produced in the 20th century, more than 700 pieces date from the 19th century or earlier.


Catalog records for the art, artifacts, and photography collections are currently being added to KICAT, the online catalog for The Kinsey Institute library and special collections. This project is ongoing, so researchers are advised to contact the Institute's curator about holdings. Use of these collections is by appointment only. For information or access please contact Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr.

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