Portrait medal of Pierre Abilard (Peter Abelard) ( 1079-1142). One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1817.
Tonsured and draped bust facing right; around, PIERRE ABAILARD; to right of bust truncation in smaller lettering the artist's name, GAYRARD
Legend in nine lines: NE / A PALAIS / PRES NANTES / EN M.LXXIX / MORTE / EN M.C.XXXXII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1817.
A medieval French philosopher, theologian, logician and music composer. Remembered too for love for Heloise.
Galerie Metallique Des Grands Hommes Francais: a large series of portrait medals produced in France beginning in 1816, 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
41.59 g (Weight)