On February 15th 1775, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Braschi was elected Pope. Taking the name Pius VI, he reigned for almost twenty-five years, the longest pontificate to-date. He died, a prisoner of Napoleon, in the French town of Valence on August 29th, 1799.
The coat of arms of Pius VI comprises three stars atop a cluster of lilies; the latter are being buffeted by a strong wind. His motto was Floret in Domo Domini (It flourishes in the house of the Lord).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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