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Fiat Vita

1935 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 Medallic Art Company (Founder) patinated silver 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 1972.167.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 5


Luce Center Label

Anthony de Francisci's medal is a stylized image taken from the book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. On the obverse, behind the great hand that holds an infant, a bolt of lightning separates the heavens from the earth. The Latin phrase fiat vita means "let there be life," de Francisci's adaptation of the biblical phrase "Let there be light." On the reverse, the sculptor depicted the emergence of the universe out of a vortex of forces. Research has not yet revealed the source of this commission or the purpose of the medal.

Keywords

Figure - child - full length

Landscape - celestial

sculpture - medal

metal - silver

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

About Medallic Art Company

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