Pro Patria Medal (design for obverse)
1941 Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 lead 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.63 Not currently on view
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Joseph Renier dedicated this medal “to all those who contribute their something to life, with the hope for the future, of the country and of humanity . . .” His words echo the Latin inscriptions meaning “For Country” and “For Humanity” that appear on the obverse and reverse of his design. Throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s, the theme of the mother and child appeared in sculptures, paintings, and posters praising the American way of life, especially as the dangers of European fascism grew stronger. The jagged edges mark this object as a “splasher,” in which the molten metal was stamped with die to gauge the sharpness of the image.
Figure group - female and child
sculpture - medal
metal - lead