Artist Robert Jacques François Lefèvre, French, 1755-1830
Title
  • Portrait of Pope Pius VII
Date 1805
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 29 × 23 3/4 inches (73.7 × 60.3 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Hans Arnhold
Accession Number 45.1
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed, lower left: Robert Lefevre | 1805
March 3, 1922, auctioned by (Christie's, probably London, England), lot 48.
1944-1945, (Kurt M. Stern, New York, New York, USA);
1945-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA) with funds from Hans Arnhold (New York, New York, USA)
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