Profile portrait of head and shoulders of Calvin. he wears a black skullcap and a black/brown coat with a brown fur collar and has a sporting long thin brown beard. This is one of a series of portraits of the Protestant Reformers belonging to Edinburgh University.
John Calvin (Jean Calvin in French) was a theologian and ecclesiastical statesman. He was the leading French Protestant Reformer and the most important figure in the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. His interpretation of Christianity, advanced above all in his Institutio Christianae religionis (1536 but elaborated in later editions; Institutes of the Christian Religion), and the institutional and social patterns he worked out for Geneva deeply influenced Protestantism elsewhere in Europe and in North America. The Calvinist form of Protestantism is widely thought to have had a major impact on the formation of the modern world.