Albert Stewart, Society of Medallic Arts, Medallic Art Company, Peace, 1936, 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, 1972.167.20
Research has not revealed the purpose of Albert Stewart’s medal, but the details offer clues. On the obverse, a stylized figure of Peace carries an olive branch high above a mountainous country. On the reverse, a man turns from his plow---which evokes the biblical proverb of turning swords into plowshares---to look back at a field of crosses marking the war dead. An inscription on the reverse appears to refer to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner)Medallic Art Company (Founder)
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2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
- Landscape – cemetery
- Fantasy – winged being
- Architecture – machine – farm machine
- Occupation – farm – farmer
- Allegory – civic – peace
- Figure male – full length
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