François Gérald (1770-1837) was a French painter born in Rome. After a period of study with David in Paris, where he went to live in 1792, he won the Prix de Rome. His paintings "Belisaire" and "L"Amour et Psyche" did much to bring him into prominence. It was, however, his portraits of Madame Bonaparte, Madame Recámier, Madame de Staël, and Napoleon that ranked him with the finest painters of his day. His historical paintings include "La Bataille d'Austerlitz" and "Entrée de Henri IV a Paris."