Fiat Vita Medal (obverse)

  • Anthony de Francisci, Fiat Vita Medal (obverse), 1935, copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate, 1966.110.31

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Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s strike, or sample, represents the obverse of the true medal and offers a stylized image taken from the book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. 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.” Research has not yet revealed the source of this commission or the purpose of the medal.

Title
Fiat Vita Medal (obverse)
Artists
Date
1935
On View
Dimensions
6 3/4 in. (17.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – child – nude
  • Figure – fragment – hand
  • Landscape – celestial
Object Number
1966.110.31
Palette
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