Portrait medal of Pierre Terrail seigneur de Bayard (1473-1524) by Alexis Depaulis. One of the Galerie Metallique des Grand Hommes Francais series. Minted in Paris, 1822.
Bust facing right; around, P. DU TERRAIL BAYARD.; followed in smaller lettering facing outward by the artist's name, DEPAULIS. F.
Legend in nine lines: NE / EN M.CCCC.LXXVI. / AU CHATEAU DE BAYARD / PRES GRENOBLE. / MORT / EN M.D.XXIV. / GALERIE METALLIQUE / DES GRAND HOMMES FRANCAIS. / 1822.
Pierre Terrail seigneur de Bayard was born at Chateau Bayard in 1473 and died at Romagnano, Sesia, Italy on 30 April 1524. Since his death, he has been known as "the knight without fear and beyond reproach" (le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche). He preferred the name given him by his contemporaries, "le bon chevalier", or "the good knight". In 1822, the year this medal was produced, his remains were finally buried in the collegiate church Saint-André of Grenoble.
For details of his career see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Terrail,_seigneur_de_Bayard
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 Mar 1976
Type of item
42 mm (Outside Diameter), 38.86 (Weight)