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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

Photo © UNESCO/N. Burke

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