Jean Hippolyte Flandrin

[Jean Hippolyte Flandrin] Painter, born Lyons, France, 1809; died Rome, Italy, 1864. The pupil of Jean Auguste Ingres in Paris, he won the Grand Prix de Rome, 1832, and spent five years in the Eternal City, one of his works of that period being the "Christ Blessing the Little Children" in the Lisieux Museum. He returned to France determined to revive religious art and his noblest works adorn the churches of Paris, among them those of Saint Severin, Saint Germain-des-Pres, and Saint Vincent-de-Paul. In the last the beautiful frieze of saints in procession is his masterpiece. His most ambitious work, the decoration of the nave of Saint Germain-des-Pres, undertaken in 1856, while admittedly fine in symbolism lacks something in color and life. Among his successful portraits are those of Napoleon III, in the Versailles Museum, and the "Study of a Man," in the Louvre.

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