Portraits of Calvin

Very few portraits were painted in his lifetime. In fact, most paintings portraying him were done in the XIXth century.

Calvin as a young man (1509-1564) © Musée de la Réformation à Genève (Suisse)
Jean Calvin (1509-1564)
Calvin (1509-1564)
Calvin (1509-1564)
Calvin as an old man
Jean Calvin (1509-1564)
Jean Calvin (1509-1564)
Calvin presiding over a conference in Geneva in 1549 © S.H.P.F.
Farewell of Calvin to the syndic of Geneva

Associated tours

  • Jean Calvin

    With the publication of his book: The Institution of the Christian Religion, Jean Calvin establishes himself as the main theologian of the Reformed current. He was called to Geneva, which...

Associated notes

  • Jean Calvin (1509-1564)

    A generation after Luther, the Frenchman Jean Calvin became the organiser of the Reformation : he organised the Church, shaped the doctrine and defined the role of the Church in state government.
  • Calvin at work

    Calvin was an tireless worker.
  • Calvin and the Bible

    Although Calvin considered the Bible to be of fundamental importance in his theses, he cannot be considered a fundamentalist. The authority of the Scriptures, according to him, called for interpretation :...
  • The Works of Jean Calvin

    In his writings there are six major works.
  • Jean Calvin's doctrine

    Calvin presented his doctrine in his major work : The Institutes of the Christian Religion.
  • The ecclesiastical ordinances (1541)

    In the ecclesiastical ordinances Jean Calvin defines the organisation of the Church and the relations between the reformed Church and the political power in Geneva.