Albert Einstein


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Within a mirrored box, framed in one of the Spacearium's dark, shining pylons, stands an assemblage of crystal geometric forms, dominated by the engraved portrait of Albert Einstein, which appears on a thin square block.

The box appears to reflect to infinity all of the forms within it -- the portrait, blocks, prisms, cubes, spheres, hemispheres; the forms, in turn, partially reflect each other. Thus the geometric forms join with and transform the portrait through simple phenomena of light and lens, as though to exemplify Einstein's words engraved on one of the crystal blocks: "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."

Collection Item Long Description:


The Einstein Memorial

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Paul Schulze



Yousuf Karsh

Credit Line

Commissioned from Stueben Glass Company for the opening of the Albert Einstein Spacearium by the National Air and Space Museum.




3-D (In Case in Wall): 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8cm (20 x 20 x 20 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Steuben crystal sculpture specially designed for installation in the Albert Einstein Spacearium, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..



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