The Flagellation of Christ

Léon Pallière French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 801

Five years after winning the Prix de Rome for history painting, Pallière made this highly finished study for an altarpiece in Santissima Trinità dei Monti, located adjacent to the French Academy’s headquarters at the Villa Medici. Other recent Rome Prize winners, including Henri-Joseph de Forestier, Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Vinchon, and J. A. D. Ingres, also contributed paintings, but Pallière’s is the only one that remains in place today. The church’s renovation was intended to reflect the Bourbon monarchy’s commitment to the Roman Catholic church following neglect and abuse during the Napoleonic era.

The Flagellation of Christ, Léon Pallière (French, Bordeaux 1787–1820 Bordeaux), Oil on canvas

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