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The Philosopher in the Grip of Inspiration

1954 Ivan Meštrovic Born: Vrpolje, Austria-Hungary 1883 Died: South Bend, Indiana 1962 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) 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 1972.167.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 5


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On the obverse of Ivan Mestrovic’s medal a philosopher records his ideas as his muse hovers nearby. On the reverse, Socrates engages his students (who represent the three ages of man) by questioning their logic and leading them to the truth. The purpose of this medal is not known, but the theme reflects Mestrovic’s career as an educator in Europe and the United States.

Keywords

Allegory - other - thought

Figure group - male

Figure male - knee length

Occupation - education - philosopher

Recreation - leisure - conversation

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Ivan Meštrovic

Born: Vrpolje, Austria-Hungary 1883 Died: South Bend, Indiana 1962

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