In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth
1951 Albert W. Wein Born: New York, New York 1915 Died: Valhalla, New York 1991 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 1972.167.14 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Albert Wein was one of many artists who, after the ravages of the Second World War and the atomic bomb, created images that reaffirmed the values of Western faith and philosophy. The inscriptions and images on the obverse and reverse of this medal come from the story of creation as told in the book of Genesis.
Figure male - full length
Religion - Old Testament - Creation
sculpture - medal
metal - bronze