Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By

Accession Number

Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By

Ben Shahn

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
photo-offset reproduction on paper

28 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 3/4 in. ( 71.76 cm x 61.6 cm x 1.91 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins

Subject matter
Diversity and poetry.

Physical Description
A colored print of a white hand holding onto a brown hand. Above their grasp is both Hebrew block and English lettering that translates/reads: "'Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By...". The painting illustrates the need for diversity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

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calligraphy (process)
hands (animal components)
social issues

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