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Merit in Architecture

n.d. Albert Laessle Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954 lead 2 3/8 in. (6.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.54 Not currently on view


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Albert Laessle’s lead artist’s strike, or sample, represents the obverse of the true medal, which was awarded by the University of Pennsylvania. Laessle borrowed elements from Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek carved reliefs to evoke the great historical periods of architecture.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - architecture

Figure male

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - lead

About Albert Laessle

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954

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