Bust of Pope Pius VI (Giovanni Angelo Braschi, 1717–1799)

Christian Friedrich Hecker German

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Although he grew pudgy with age, Pius VI (r. 1775–99) was invariably praised as a fine figure of a man and was more frequently captured in hardstone than any pontiff before or since. His important collection of ancient glyptics was looted and dispersed during the French occupation of Rome.

Bust of Pope Pius VI (Giovanni Angelo Braschi, 1717–1799), Christian Friedrich Hecker (German, born Saxony, active Rome ca. 1784, died 1795), Onyx and gold, Italian, Rome

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