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Ref: 4525

United States of America, Society of Medallists, "Fame & Glory" 1933 , bronze medal by Carl Paul Jennewein

 

 

Obv: a putto holds a laurel wreath in each hand, GLORIA to right

 

Rev: a cicada insect divides FAMA, artist's signature profile and date 1933 to right

 

Edge impressed: SOCIETY OF MEDALLISTS SEVENTH ISSUE MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y.

 

 

Condition: About extremely fine; Diameter: 72mm

 

References: BM Acq. 1978-82, 126/39

 

 

Notes: This was the 7th medal in a series of art medals (still continuing) struck for the Society of Medallists. The medallist Jennewein wrote of this medal: "“Fame and glory are symbolized in this medal as the elements in the life of men which the awarding of medals is designed to promote and recognize. But the artist has made a subtle distinction between that Glory which, unsought, belongs to those who aspire, strive and
sacrifice for a great ideal, and that Fame which is won by self-seeking in the attainment of public eminence for the gratification of personal power and vanity. The representation of the cicada… might seem at first, strangely out of keeping with the Latin word Fama which it divides. The figure, however, relates to
the original meaning of the term which is not necessarily high repute, but rather public notice, so often confused with fame in its better sense. Thus the cicada, by its noisy and shrill self-assertion gains wide hearing, but is only the discordant demonstration of an obstreperous but insignificant creature. But the symbol of Glory, the consummation of high achievement, is the winged child, expressing ingenuousness, faith and aspiration, which, in bestowing the laurels is conscious only of the purity of motive in the supreme attainment which glorifies life and labor.”

 

 

Price £85

USA, Society of Medallists, 'Fame & Glory" 1933 by Jennewein

USA, Society of Medallists, 'Fame & Glory" 1933 by Jennewein

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