Peace on Earth

  • Wheeler Williams, Peace on 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, 1972.167.13

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Wheeler Williams was one of many artists who, during the postwar period, created art that reaffirmed the values of home, peace, family and security. The image of a mother and child on the obverse of this medal appeared throughout American art during the interwar years and into the 1940s, and symbolized the American way of life threatened by fascism. On the reverse of this medal, the lamb lying in a meadow evokes the Bible’s reference to the Lamb of God, as well as paintings by American artist Edward Hicks (1780-1849), whose many images of the “Peaceable Kingdom” established this symbolism in American culture for generations to come.

Title
Peace on Earth
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1951
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
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Animal – sheep
Object Number
1972.167.13
Palette
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