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There Is No Easy Way from the Earth to the Stars

1933 Gaetano Cecere Born: New York, New York 1894 Died: Stamford, Connecticut 1985 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 1972.167.21 Not currently on view


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The reverse of Gaetano Cecere’s creation for the Society of Medalists adapts a quotation from Seneca, the Roman playwright of the first century AD. The obverse shows three nude figures and the mythological horse Pegasus, evoking the efforts of mortals throughout the ages to transcend their limitations. This imagery was especially popular in the 1930s, when Americans struggled to overcome the devastation of the Great Depression and look to a brighter future.

Keywords

Animal - horse

Figure group - nude

Landscape - celestial - star

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Gaetano Cecere

Born: New York, New York 1894 Died: Stamford, Connecticut 1985

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