In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth

  • Medallic Art Company, Society of Medallic Arts, Albert W. Wein, In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth, 1951, 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, 1972.167.14

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Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but Albert Wein was one of many artists who, after the ravages of the Second World War and the atomic bomb, created images that reaffirmed the values of Western faith and philosophy. The inscriptions and images on the obverse and reverse of this medal come from the story of creation as told in the book of Genesis.

Title
In the Beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth
Artists
Date
1951
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
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – Old Testament – Creation
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1972.167.14
Palette
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