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Antoine Arnauld, Théologien et Philosophe, from the Galerie metallique des grands hommes Français

Artist: Alexis Joseph Depaulis (1792 - 1867)
Date: 1817
19th century
Dimensions: 1.65 in. (4.19 cm)
Dimensions Extent: diameter
Object Type: Medal
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 2016
Accession Number: 2016.21.01
Not on view.

On the obverse of this medal by Alexis Joseph Depaulis, theologian and philosopher Antoine Arnauld (1612-1694) appears facing left, wearing ecclesiastic garb. Arnauld became a prominent voice of the Catholic dissent movement known as Jansenism in the mid-17th century, and was also a strong critic of the Jesuit order. The medallist, Alexis Joseph Depaulis, added his signature, “Depaulis F[ecit],” below Arnauld’s bust.

The inscription on the reverse, NÉ À PARIS EN M.DC.XII., MORT EN M.DC.XCIV., gives Arnauld’s birth and death dates. Below, in smaller letters, appears GALERIE METALLIQUE DES GRANDS HOMMES FRANÇAIS and the date 1817, indicating that Depaulis’s medal formed part of this series, which commemorated major French literary, artistic, and political figures. The medal depicting Denis Diderot in this case was part of the same series.

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