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copyright 1941, issued 1942 Brenda Putnam Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota 1890 Died: Concord, New Hampshire 1975 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 1972.167.2 Not currently on view


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The theme of flight was popular in American art throughout the interwar years and represented the aspirations of a society transformed by modern technology. Brenda Putnam symbolized the peaceful blessings of flight by picturing a dove on the obverse of this medal. The bird represents the innocent dream of flight evoked in the youthful nude figure on the reverse. Research has not revealed the purpose for which this medal was commissioned.

Keywords

Animal - bird

Architecture - vehicle - airplane

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Landscape - celestial - sun

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

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