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Hail to Dionysus Who First Discovered the Magic of the Grape

1930 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) metal: bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 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 1972.167.11 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 4


Luce Center Label

Some members of the Society of Medalists protested Paul Manship’s medal, which they thought depicted the Greek god of wine too attractively. Manship explained that the satyrs’ coarse features, shown on the reverse of the medal, “betray the dominance of animal instincts which their master Dionysus exemplifies.” The sculptor wanted to portray the “present-day attitude” toward drinking and chose a theme that would be “commemorative of an era.” Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.

Keywords

Figure male - head

Mythology - classical - Dionysus

Mythology - classical - faun

sculpture

metal - bronze

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

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