Fiat Vita

  • Anthony de Francisci, Fiat Vita, 1935, patinated silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.19

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Anthony de Francisci's medal is a stylized image taken from the book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. On the obverse, 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." On the reverse, the sculptor depicted the emergence of the universe out of a vortex of forces. Research has not yet revealed the source of this commission or the purpose of the medal.

Title
Fiat Vita
Artist
Founders
Date
1935
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
patinated silver
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – child – full length
  • Landscape – celestial
Object Number
1972.167.19
Palette
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