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Medal - Third Centenary of the Protestant Reformation (1535)
  • Third Centenary of the Protestant Reformation (1535)
    Bovy, Jean François Antoine, born 1795 - died 1877
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Third Centenary of the Protestant Reformation (1535)

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Switzerland (made)

  • Date:

    1835 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bovy, Jean François Antoine, born 1795 - died 1877 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.144-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal commemorates the Third Centenary of the Protestant Reformation and is made by the medallist Jean François Antoine Bovy, in Switzerland in 1835.

Physical description

Obverse: two figures in the centre are holding an open book between them which reads 'BIBLIA SACRA' (Holy bible). Above them is a dove exuding the rays of the Holy Spirit. To the left of the figures the medal is signed. Inscriptions and legends.
Reverse: four male heads in profile of John Calvin and three Calvinists with inscriptions from the top moving clockwise: John Calvin, Peter Viet, Theodore de Beze, William Farel. In the centre there is a crest with semi-eagle crowned and a key and a motto. In the background on the right of the medal there is the cathedral of Geneva. Legend.

Place of Origin

Switzerland (made)

Date

1835 (dated)

Artist/maker

Bovy, Jean François Antoine, born 1795 - died 1877 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'BIBLIA SACRA'
obverse, on the book

'A.BOVY.' 'INV[enit].ETF[ECIT]
'invented produced'
obverse

'LIBER APERTUS EST QVI EST VITA' [and legend] 'BIBLIA FIDEI ET RATIONI RESTITVTA'
'the open book is life' [and] 'the bible of faith and restored knowledge'
obverse

'IOHANNES.CALVIN' / 'PERTVS VIRET' / 'THEODORVS DE BEZE' / GVILELM[US] FAREL'
reverse

'POST TENEBRAS LVX'
'light after darkness'
reverse

'JVBIL[AEUM].REFORMAT[ionis].RELIG[ONIS].GENEV[AE].TERT[II].SEC[ULI].CELEBR[ATIO].AVG.D.XXIII.AN.MDCCCXXXV'
'the worldly celebration of the Jubilee of the Reformation of the religion of Geneva'
reverse, legend

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.9 cm, Depth: 0.4 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs. Ann Hull-Grundy, in 1978.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Third Centenary of the Protestant Reformation (1535), by Jean François Antoine Bovy, Swiss, 1835

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, p. 246
Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon…., I, p. 246

Subjects depicted

Book; Dove; Eagle; Figures

Categories

Coins & Medals; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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