Gerome Paintings


Paintings Reproductions Gerome, Jean-Leon L'Eminence Grise [The Grey Cardinal], 1873
Gerome Paintings 1824 - 1904  Painter,Sculptor,France, Orientalism

L'Eminence Grise [The Grey Cardinal], 1873

Oil on canvas, 25.59 x 38.78 inches [65 x 98.5 cm]

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Figure Compositions

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OIL PAINTING:  L'Eminence Grise [The Grey Cardinal], 1873

     The story behind The Grey Cardinal of Gerome:
      An minence grise (French for "grey eminence") is a powerful advisor or decision-maker who operates secretly or unofficially. This phrase originally referred to Cardinal Richelieu's right-hand man, Franois Leclerc du Tremblay, a Capuchin friar who wore grey robes. The phrase "His Eminence" is used to describe a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, although Leclerc du Tremblay never achieved that rank.