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Commemorative Medal Marking the Fortieth Anniversary of the Scientific and Artistic Activities of Nicholas Roerich

n.d. Henry Dropsy Born: Paris, France 1885 Died: 1969 brass 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (0.5 x 6.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Roerich Museum 1929.11.1 Not currently on view

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Henry Dropsy’s medal honors Russian artist and archaeologist Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947). Roerich’s most notable achievement was the Roerich Pact, known informally as the Red Cross of Culture, which declared that all historic monuments, museums, and cultural and scientific institutions be considered neutral and protected in times of war and peace. Twenty-one nations agreed to the pact in a ceremony at the White House in 1935.


Architecture Exterior - art building - museum

Architecture Exterior - art building - Roerich Museum

Figure group - male

Occupation - industry - construction

Occupation - science

Portrait male - Roerich, Nicholas - head

sculpture - medal

metal - brass


About Henry Dropsy

Born: Paris, France 1885 Died: 1969