|UNESCO minted a medal in 1974 to commemorate the 500th birth anniversary of the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. This medal was reissued in 2002 using a different design provided by the Paris Mint. The Latin inscription on the obverse reads, M. Angelus Bonarotus, Patritius Florentinus (patrician of Florence) with the artist’s portrait attributed to the 18th-century French sculptor Joseph Hérard.The reverse is inscribed Faeliciter iunxit (He joined them together in happiness) referring to Michelangelo’s excellence in painting, sculpture and architecture, each symbolized by paintbrushes on a palette, a sculpted torso and various architectural tools. The Roman numerals MDCLXXIII refer to the founding in 1673 of the Paris Salon, the official art exhibition in France.
Available in bronze
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