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SISTINE MADONNA FOLIGNO Raphael 500th Anniversary Silver Gold Two 2 Coin Set 10$ Fiji 2012


500 year ago Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael, created two masterpieces of the High Renaissance: the Sistine Madonna and the Madonna of Foligno. These incredible proof coins celebrate two of the most beautiful artworks of the Renaissance period, the coins are gold plated, enriched with two precious stones: Ruby and Sapphire.

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The Sistine Madonna
The Sistine Madonna is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, circa 1512–1514. It is housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of Dresden, Germany.
The canvas with the Virgin, Child and Saints Sixtus and Barbara, usually called the Sistine Madonna, is characterized by an imaginary space created by the figures themselves. The figures stand on a bed of clouds, framed by heavy curtains which open to either side.
The two putti at the foot of the painting and the figure of St. Barbara have often been reproduced in popular culture, such as Christmas cards.

The Madonna of Foligno
The painting was executed for Sigismondo de' Conti, chamberlain to Pope Julius II, to commemorate his survival of a shell that exploded near him during the Siege of Foligno, his home town. He credited his safety to heavenly intervention. It was placed on a high altar of the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on Capitoline Hill in Rome, where Sigismondo was buried in 1512.
The painting is a sacra conversazione, where holy figures seem to be in conversation and draw the audience into their discussion. Rather than sitting under a canopy, of the Umbrian or Florentine style, the Virgin is seated on clouds, embracing Jesus, while surrounded by angels. They look down upon Sigismonde de' Conti, kneeling in a red, fur lined cape. Conti is presented by St. Jerome on the right with his lion, appealing for the Virgin's protection. On the left are the kneeling St. Francis of Assisi and St. John the Baptist.
Painted during Raphael's Roman period, it is a testament to his artist maturity, evidenced in the paintings composition, coloring and form.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2012
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Size (mm)30 x 45
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.512
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)2
Coins with a particular oval shape depict the opera "Sistine Madonna" and "Madonna of Foligno" painting by the Italian artist Raphael. Each coin is issued in Silver 999, Gold Plated with Colour Application and Precious Stone (Ruby and Sapphire) inlay. The coin set is accompanied by a luxury box, the certificate and original Vatican and German Stamp. The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.