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Tercentenary of Reformation

Swiss
1835
Artist Auguste-André Bovet (Swiss, 1799–1864)


Object Place: Switzerland

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 62 mm (2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.172

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

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”.

Inscription

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".

Provenance

1923, Helen O. Bigelow; 1923, bequest of Helen O. Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 3, 1923)

Credit Line

Bequest of Helen O. Bigelow