Ivan Meštrovic, The Philosopher in the Grip of Inspiration, 1954, 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, 1972.167.44
On the obverse of Ivan Mestrovic’s medal a philosopher records his ideas as his muse hovers nearby. On the reverse, Socrates engages his students (who represent the three ages of man) by questioning their logic and leading them to the truth. The purpose of this medal is not known, but the theme reflects Mestrovic’s career as an educator in Europe and the United States.
The Philosopher in the Grip of Inspiration
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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
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- Recreation – leisure – conversation
- Allegory – other – thought
- Occupation – education – philosopher
- Figure male – knee length
- Figure group – male
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