Portrait of Pope Pius VII and Cardinal Caprara – David

 In 1804, Napoleon forced Pope Pius VII to travel to Paris in order to preside over his imperial coronation. This double portrait shows the Pope, his hand raised in blessing, with the French papal legate, Cardinal Caprara, standing at his side. The artist, J. L. David, has masterfully captured the churchmen's distress in the moment.

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