Hans Erni, "The reason, in respect of which we are rational beings, is , 1950, gouache, ink, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.88
"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, 121-180. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
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sheet: 18 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (47.1 x 35.8 cm)
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Gift of Container Corporation of America
- Figure male – full length
- Figure male – nude
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