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Fiat Vita Medal (reverse)

1935 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 3 in. (7.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.32 Not currently on view


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Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s strike, or sample, represents the reverse of the true medal and depicts the creation of the universe out of a vortex of forces. The sculptor adapted his image from the book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. Research has not yet revealed the source of this commission or the purpose of the medal.

Keywords

Landscape - celestial

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

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

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