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Genesis

1949 Adolph A. Weinman Born: Karlsruhe, Germany 1870 Died: Forest Hills, New York 1952 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 1972.167.38 Not currently on view


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For the obverse of this medal, Adolph Weinman depicted the creation of man from the book of Genesis; for the reverse, the sculptor employed classical figures of a goddess and a heavenly messenger. Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Weinman’s symbolism and the phrase “Web of Destiny” refer to the Christian mysticism of a Rosicrucian sect led by Max Heindel in the early 1900s. The obverse of the medal signals the beginning of man’s journey toward godhood, which culminates, according to Heindel, in a state of consciousness called epigenesis. Web of Destiny was the title of a book of  “lessons” published by Heindel early in the twentieth century.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - fortune

Figure group - female and child

Figure group - male - nude

Religion - angel

Religion - Old Testament - Genesis

sculpture

metal - bronze

relief