Tercentenary of Reformation
Artist Auguste-André Bovet (Swiss, 1799–1864)
Object Place: Switzerland
Diameter and weight: 62 mm (2 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Circular medal commemorating the Tercentenary anniversary of the Reformation.
Obverse: Heraldic emblem at center with four portrait medallions surrounding it, bust of John Calvin above looking to proper left, bust of Peter Viret at proper left looking to proper right, bust of Theodore de Beze below looking to proper right, and bust of William Farel at proper right looking to proper left, all with church interior behind; inscribed at edge “·IVBIL·REFORMAT·RELIG·GENEV·TERT·SEC·CELEBR·AVG·D·XXIII·AN·MDCCCXXXV·”; and inscribed at top portrait medallion “IOHANNES CALVIN·”; at proper left medallion “PETRVS VIRET·”; at below medallion “GVILELM FAREL·”; and at proper right medallion “THEODORVS DE BEZE·”.
Reverse: Two woman support from the sides an open bible on a lectern with a dove and rays above; inscribed at proper right and proper left, inscribed at edge “BIBLIA FIDEI ET RATIONI RESTITVTA·”, at proper right “A.BOVY”, at proper left “INV.ET F”, and in exergue “LIBER APERTVS EST/QVI EST VITAE”.
Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·IVBIL·REFORMAT·RELIG·GENEV·TERT·SEC·CELEBR·AVG·D·XXIII·AN·MDCCCXXXV·"; and inscribed at top portrait medallion "IOHANNES CALVIN·"; at proper left medallion "PETRVS VIRET·"; at below medallion "GVILELM FAREL·"; and at proper right medallion "THEODORVS DE BEZE·".
Reverse: Inscribed at edge "BIBLIA FIDEI ET RATIONI RESTITVTA·", at proper right "A.BOVY", at proper left "INV.ET F", and in exergue "LIBER APERTVS EST/QVI EST VITAE".
1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)
Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow