The Old World, the New World

  • Edward McCartan, The Old World, the New World, 1939, 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, 1972.167.41

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The blessings of peace and progress symbolized on the obverse of Edward McCartan’s medal contrast with the barbarism and violence depicted on the reverse. Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but McCartan’s theme appeared often in America’s machine-age culture, particularly at the New York World’s Fair of 1939, the year this medal was produced.

Title
The Old World, the New World
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1939
Location
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
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – place – America
  • State of being – emotion – fear
  • Allegory – civic
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Landscape – building
  • Allegory – quality – harmony
  • Allegory – place – Europe
Object Number
1972.167.41
Palette
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