Portrait medal of Jean François Fernel (1497-1558) by Alexis Depaulis. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1822.
Capped and draped bust facing left; around, JEAN FERNEL; below in small lettering the artist's name, DEPAULIS. F.
Legend in nine lines: NE / A CLERMONT / PRES BEAUVAIS / EN M.CCCC.XCVII. / MORT / EN M.D.LVIII. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1822.
Jean François Fernel (in Latin, Fernelius) was a French physician who introduced the term "physiology" to describe the study of the body's function. At first he devoted himself to mathematical and astronomical studies; but later worked entirely in medicine. He became physician to the court. The lunar crater Fernelius is named after him.
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
37.7 g (Weight)