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priest, art collector, collector of Dutch and Flemish painting
Between c. 1796 and his death in 1839 he formed one of the largest private collections of paintings of the early 19th century, in which also many Dutch and Flemish paintings. (Turner et al. 1996) During Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy (1796–8) Fesch became, through his offices, a supplier to the French army. (Turner et al. 1996)
Nationality/school
French, Italian
Born
Ajaccio 1763-01-03
Deceased
Rome 1839-05-13
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this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
Joseph Fesch was the half-brother of Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte (1750–1836), mother of the future Emperor Napoleon I, to whom Fesch was close in age.
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  • Aix-en-Provence
    Fesch studied at the seminary in Aix-en-Provence. (Turner et al. 1996)
  • Ajaccio 1793
  • Parijs 1800 - 1802
    Fesch returned to Paris in 1800 and began to acquire paintings at an extraordinary rate. (Turner et al. 1996)
  • Lyon 1802-08
    In August 1802 Fresch was made Archbishop of Lyon and Cardinal of S Lorenzo-in-Lucina. (Turner et al. 1996.)
  • Rome 1803 - 1806
    From 1803 to 1806 he was French Ambassador in Rome. (Turner et al. 1996)
  • Parijs 1806 - 1812
    When he returned to Paris in 1806, he was appointed Grand Almoner of France. (Turner et al. 1996)
  • Lyon 1812 - 1815-08
  • Rome 1815-08 - 1839
    In August 1815 he settled permanently with his sister in Rome. Fesch’s residence in Rome was the Palazzo Falconieri in the Via Giulia. (Turner et al. 1996)
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