The Descent of the Holy Spirit (year 1999)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 1999 and is the eighth in the series.
It is the second of the third trilogy dedicated to the Trinity.
The Sala delle Dame is the place where the Bolognese painter Guido Reni (1575 -1642) painted in 1608 the evangelic episodes including the wonderful descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. While remaining faithful to the biblical text, the artist has added to the tradition his personal and innovative style.
In the "straight" with the Apostles, which surround the Virgin in prayer at the center of the scene, we see a group of women and other disciples. Above is pictured a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, from which small tongues of fire are descending on the apostles and the Virgin Mary. The caption above reads: "Guido Reni" and under "La discesa dello Spirito Snato* Part.".
In the "reverse" is represented "L' annunciazione", a work by Giuseppe Cesari, called the Cavalier d'Arpino (1568 -1640) kept in the Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums. We note the Virgin Mary portrayed in the humble gesture of welcome the message of the Archangel Gabriel. There is the inscription: "Cavalier d'Arpino - Annunciazione* particolare" and "Musei Vaticani - VIII Anno - 1999".
· Diameter: 35 mm.
· Weight: 34 grams in 18 Karati.
· Coinage: 2000 copies, each coin has its own ID number stamped on the board.
· Packaging: purple leather case with golden emblem of the Vatican on the cover, wrapped in suede fabric.
· Certified warranty on parchment, confirming the authenticity and the specific number that identifies the Vatican gold medal. Signed by the Cardinal Edmun Casimir Szoka.
· Cost: EUR 980 - change in other currencies,
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