There Is No Easy Way from the Earth to the Stars

  • Gaetano Cecere, There Is No Easy Way from the Earth to the Stars, 1933, 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, 1972.167.21

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The reverse of Gaetano Cecere’s creation for the Society of Medalists adapts a quotation from Seneca, the Roman playwright of the first century AD. The obverse shows three nude figures and the mythological horse Pegasus, evoking the efforts of mortals throughout the ages to transcend their limitations. This imagery was especially popular in the 1930s, when Americans struggled to overcome the devastation of the Great Depression and look to a brighter future.

Title
There Is No Easy Way from the Earth to the Stars
Artist
Commissioners
Founders
Date
1933
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – celestial – star
  • Animal – horse
  • Figure group – nude
Object Number
1972.167.21
Palette
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