Joseph E. Renier, Pro Patria Medal (design for obverse), 1941, lead, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier, 1967.93.63
Joseph Renier dedicated this medal “to all those who contribute their something to life, with the hope for the future, of the country and of humanity . . .” His words echo the Latin inscriptions meaning “For Country” and “For Humanity” that appear on the obverse and reverse of his design. Throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s, the theme of the mother and child appeared in sculptures, paintings, and posters praising the American way of life, especially as the dangers of European fascism grew stronger. The jagged edges mark this object as a “splasher,” in which the molten metal was stamped with die to gauge the sharpness of the image.
Pro Patria Medal (design for obverse)
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3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier
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- Figure group – female and child
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