"Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the

  • Leo Lionni, "Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the , 1954, colored paper and colored plastic mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.184

Title
"Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion...and the discovery of a standard of judgment."--Epictetus, Discourses, II:11...From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
1954
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 24 7/8 x 18 1/4 in. (63.2 x 46.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
colored paper and colored plastic mounted on paperboard
Keywords
  • Allegory – civic – law
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – philosophy
  • Figure group – male
  • Object – weapon – spear
Object Number
1984.124.184
Palette
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