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Panama-Pacific International Exposition San Francisco

1915 John Flanagan Born: Newark, New Jersey 1865 Died: New York, New York 1952 bronze 2 3/4 in. (7.0 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 1972.167.61 Not currently on view


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The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened on February 20, 1915, in San Francisco to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and commemorate the 400th anniversary of Balboa’s sighting of the Pacific Ocean. The exposition committee commissioned sculptor John Flanagan to create this medal. The Latin inscription, which reads “What God has Divided, Man Joins,” refers to the role of the Panama Canal in uniting Atlantic and Pacific trade and the cultures of Europe and Asia.

Keywords

Allegory - arts and sciences - art

Architecture Exterior - art building - Panama Pacific International Exposition

Figure group - nude

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About John Flanagan

Born: Newark, New Jersey 1865 Died: New York, New York 1952

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