In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws. – Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748. From the series Great Ideas.

Media - 1984.124.166 - SAAM-1984.124.166_1 - 84032
Copied Burton Kramer, In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws.--Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748. From the series Great Ideas., 1955, screenprint on paper, sheet: 13 147 78 in. (33.619.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.166

Artwork Details

Title
In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws. – Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748. From the series Great Ideas.
Date
1955
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 13 147 78 in. (33.619.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Container Corporation of America
Mediums Description
screenprint on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Still life — weapon — sword
  • Figure female
  • Allegory — quality — justice
  • Object — tool — scale
Object Number
1984.124.166