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Fiat Vita Medal (obverse)

1935 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.30 Not currently on view


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Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s strike, or sample, represents the obverse of the true medal and offers a stylized image taken from the book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. 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.” Research has not yet revealed the source of this commission or the purpose of the medal.

Keywords

Figure - child - nude

Figure - fragment - hand

Landscape - celestial

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - brass

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

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

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