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Defense of Verdun Medal

1920 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 4 in. (10.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.88 Not currently on view


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Congress authorized a special gold medal honoring the sacrifice of the citizens of the French city of Verdun during World War I. The Commission of Fine Arts held a limited competition for medal designs in early 1920, and this medal is one of Paul Manship’s proposed designs. On the obverse, a female figure holds a shield inscribed with the initials of the Republic of France; on the reverse, a French and an American soldier cross bayonets before the city’s walls. Below, the motto reads “They Shall Not Pass.”

Keywords

Allegory - place - France

Architecture Exterior - castle

Architecture - vehicle - airplane

Figure female

Figure(s) in exterior - military

History - France - World War I

Object - weapon - gun

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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