Franois Brunery was an Italian academic painter. He studied in Paris for a brief period in the 1860s with two of the most prestigious academic painters of the day, Jean-Lon Grome and Lon Bonnat. Brunery established an international reputation as a painter of anecdotal genre scenes, producing a very popular type of cavalier paintings of eighteenth-century gentlemen and comical scenes of Cardinals. These interior genre scenes increasingly poked fun at the clergy and delighted in portraying them in domestic dramas, showing their susceptibility to the everyday trials and tribulations familiar to their humbler flock. Brunerys technical virtuosity showcased his considerable skill in creating a convincing light hearted, and often slightly satirical, narrative. Brunery exhibited at the Paris Salon regularly and found fame both in Europe and in America. His light hearted and timeless paintings evoke delight and have maintained and enduring popularity.