Defense of Verdun Medal

  • Paul Manship, Defense of Verdun Medal, 1920, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.88

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Congress authorized a special gold medal honoring the sacrifice of the citizens of the French city of Verdun during World War I. The Commission of Fine Arts held a limited competition for medal designs in early 1920, and this medal is one of Paul Manship’s proposed designs. On the obverse, a female figure holds a shield inscribed with the initials of the Republic of France; on the reverse, a French and an American soldier cross bayonets before the city’s walls. Below, the motto reads “They Shall Not Pass.”

Title
Defense of Verdun Medal
Artist
Date
1920
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 in. (10.2 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – weapon – gun
  • Architecture Exterior – castle
  • Figure group
  • Figure female
  • History – France – World War I
  • Allegory – place – France
  • Architecture – vehicle – airplane
Object Number
1965.16.88
Palette
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