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Pro Patria Medal (design for reverse)

1941 Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 lead 3 3/8 in. (8.7 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.64 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 3


Luce Center Label

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. On the reverse, the eagle devouring the body of Prometheus may be a reference to the German eagles displayed by the Nazi regime, which threatened the Western world when Renier designed this medal. 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.

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Mythology - classical - Prometheus

sculpture - medal

metal - lead

relief

About Joseph E. Renier

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

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