Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury

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Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury (August 8, 1797 - May 5, 1890) was a French painter.

Born in Cologne, he was sent by his family to Paris, and after travelling in Italy returned to France and made his first appearance at the Salon in 1824; his reputation, however, was not established until three years later, when he exhibited Tasso at the Convent of Saint Onophrius.

Endowed with a vigorous original talent, and with a vivid imagination, especially for the tragic incidents of history, he soon rose to fame, and in 1850 succeeded François Granet as member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1855, he was appointed professor and in 1863 director of the École des Beaux-Arts, and in the following year he went to Rome as director of the French Academy in that city.

His son, Tony Robert-Fleury, was also a painter.

Selected works

  • A Reading at Mme. de Sévigné's, Scene of St Bartholomew, Henry IV taken to the Louvre after his Assassination (1836)
  • Triumphal Entry of Clovis at Tours (1838), at the Versailles Museum
  • Le Colloque de Poissy (1840), at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris
  • The Children of Louis XVI in the Temple (1840)
  • Marino Faliero
  • An Autodafé
  • Galileo before the Holy Office, at the Luxembourg Museum
  • Christopher Columbus received by the Spanish Court (1847), Musée du Luxembourg
  • The Last Moments of Montaigne (1853) and Charles V in the Monastery of Yuste (1857).
The reception of Christopher Columbus by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain in......
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