The International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva (Musée International de la Réforme) dedicates an exhibition to Théodore de Bèze, Calvin’s very talented, but not very well-known, successor. From June 21 till October 27, 2019.
Montaigne considered him a fine scholar; Catherine de Médicis was looking for his company. As for King Henry IV of France, he was worried because of his criticism… Theodore de Bèze played a leading role in 16th century France. But Beza, who was born in Vézelay in 1519, was also the great architect of the Reformation in Geneva and Europe, after Calvin’s death, whom he admired above all. Author of 400 books, tireless translator of the Bible, poet at his time and successful preacher – he preached before 6000 people in Paris -, Theodore de Bèze is one of the most important figures of Protestantism in the generation after Luther, Zwingli and Calvin.
In 2019, the International Museum of the Reformation celebrates the 500th anniversary of his birth by exhibiting a representative and original samples of testimonies related to him: among others his famous Icons of the Reformation, an erotic poem from his youth, a political text co-published with the Prince of Machiavelli, a letter from Henry IV, the famous anonymous portrait of the Reformer as a young man or the famous oil on canvas made by Ferdinand Hodler in 1884 showing Calvin and the teachers in the court of the Collège de Genève. In total, 30 works presenting Theodore de Bèze as a poet, thinker, pedagogue and diplomat, a great Reformer who was also a great Genevan, the first rector of the Academy he founded with Calvin, moderator of the Compagnie des pastteurs for 15 years and witness of the Escalade in 1602 of which he crossed the night while sleeping peacefully….
21 June 2019
27 October 2019