"The reason, in respect of which we are rational beings, is common: if this is so, common also is the reason which commands us what to do, and what not to do; if this is so, there is a common law also; if this is so, we are fellow-citizens; if this is so we are members of some political community; if this is so, the world is in a manner a state...My nature is rational and social; and my city and country, so far as I am Antonius, is Rome; but so far as I am a man, it is the world."--Marcus Aurelius Antonius, 121-180. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
1950 Hans Erni Born: Lucerne, Switzerland 1909 Died: Lucerne, Switzerland 2015 gouache, scratchwork and india ink on paper sheet: 18 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (47.1 x 35.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.88 Not currently on view