The reason, in respect of which we are rational beings, is 

  • Hans Erni, "The reason, in respect of which we are rational beings, is , 1950, gouache, scratchwork and india ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.88

Title
The reason, in respect of which we are rational beings, is common: if this is so, common also is the reason which commands us what to do, and what not to do; if this is so, there is a common law also; if this is so, we are fellow-citizens; if this is so, we are members of some political community; if this is so, the world is in a manner a state…My nature is rational and social; and my city and country, so far as I am Antonius, is Rome; but so far as I am a man, it is the world.”–Marcus Aurelius Antonius, 121180. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
1950
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 18 1214 18 in. (47.135.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache, scratchwork and india ink on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
Object Number
1984.124.88
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