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  • Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

    Rubens_250.jpg To mark the 400th anniversary of the Flemish artist’s birth in 1977, UNESCO struck this commemorative medal. The obverse is a bust of the painter from his self-portrait at the Rubens House in Antwerp. The reverse is a mother and infant from Motherhood, a drawing from the collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris.The inscription Pietro Pauolo Rubens is in the style of the artist’s signature.

    During a ceremony in Brussels, the first medal was presented in gold to the late King Baudouin of Belgium. Struck by the Paris Mint, the engraving was done by the French artist Serge Santucci. Proceeds from the sale of the medal were used to assist young artists from developing countries.

    Available in gold, silver and bronze

    Photo © UNESCO/N. Burke



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