Hail to Dionysus Who First Discovered the Magic of the Grape

  • Paul Manship, Hail to Dionysus Who First Discovered the Magic of the Grape, 1930, metal: bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.11

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Some members of the Society of Medalists protested Paul Manship’s medal, which they thought depicted the Greek god of wine too attractively. Manship explained that the satyrs’ coarse features, shown on the reverse of the medal, “betray the dominance of animal instincts which their master Dionysus exemplifies.” The sculptor wanted to portray the “present-day attitude” toward drinking and chose a theme that would be “commemorative of an era.” Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.

Title
Hail to Dionysus Who First Discovered the Magic of the Grape
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1930
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
metal: bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – head
  • Mythology – classical – Dionysus
  • Mythology – classical – faun
Object Number
1972.167.11
Palette
Linked Open Data
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