Francois Velde writes:
Regarding John Sallay's query, I can point out that the French medal he cites does date from 1717; it is described in this book published in 1724.
The motto on the medal: "accipe quae peragenda prius", learn what is first to be accomplished (before reaching the temple), is from Virgil's Aeneid 6:136.
The original design, Minerva showing the temple of glory to young Louis XV, is by Antoine Coypel (1661-1722), and was engraved by Pierre Drevet,
although the motto that accompanies the engraving ("tali se dea jactat alumno", the goddess prides herself in such a pupil) was used on another medal commemorating the education of Louis XV.
To read the 1717 book, see:
Annales de la Monarchie Françoise: M. de Limiers
To view the Pierre Drevet engraving, see:
Minerve montrant à Louis XV le temple de la gloire
Thanks! This is great information.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: 1768 ROYAL ACADEMY MEDAL DESIGN SOURCE SOUGHT
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