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Bertner Foundation Award Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Cancer Research

n.d. Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 3 in. (7.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.60 Not currently on view


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The Bertner Foundation Award Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Cancer Research honors Dr. Ernest William Bertner, who was chief of staff at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, and in 1945 became the first president of the Texas Medical Center. In Joseph Renier’s design the Lone Star of Texas underlies a stylized modern interpretation of the caduceus, the ancient symbol that identifies Asclepius, Greek god of healing. This composition echoes the emblem of Asclepius’s daughter, Hygeia, the goddess of health and cleanliness who wore a snake draped about her body and fed the creature from a bowl.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - medicine

Animal - reptile - snake

Emblem - caduceus

Figure - fragment - hand

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Joseph E. Renier

Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966

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