Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury

This article is about the older Robert-Fleury. For his son, see Tony Robert-Fleury.
Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury by Gaston Thys
Born (1797-08-08)8 August 1797
Died 5 May 1890(1890-05-05) (aged 92)
Known for Painting
Galileo before the Holy Office.

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (8 August 1797 – 5 May 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 pupils were Marie-Adélaïde Baubry-Vaillant, David Bles, Marguerite Jacquelin, Charles Désiré Hué, Leon Kapliński, Henri Le Riche, Eugène Mulertt, and Gaston Renault.[1] His son, Tony Robert-Fleury, was also a painter.


1887: Knight in the Order of Leopold. [2]



  1. Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury in the RKD
  2. Handelsblad (Het) 17-02-1887
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