(b Lyons, 23 Mar. 1809; d Rome, 21 Mar. 1864). French painter. He was one of the favourite pupils of Ingres and won the Prix de Rome in 1832. In Italy he was influenced by the monumental decorative tradition and after his return to Paris in 1838 he became the leading muralist of his day, painting vast compositions in such churches as St Vincent-de-Paul (1849–53) and St Germain-des-Prés (1856–61).
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)