Portrait medal of Heloise d'Argenteuil ( circa 1090-1164). One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1819.
Veiled bust facing left; at left, HELOISE; below bust in smaller lettering the artist's name, GAYRARD F.
Legend in eight lines: NEE / EN / A / MORTE / EN M.C.LXIV. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1819.
Héloise d'Argenteuil (circa 1090 – 16 May 1164) a French nun, writer, scholar. She is best remembered for her correspondence with Peter Abélard (Pierre Abailard).
Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1819, by leading medallists of the day. At least 119 people were honoured.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
42.19 g (Weight)