Portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese

Portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese
Artist Raphael
Year 1509-1511
Medium Oil on wood
Location Museo di Capodimonte, Naples
Dimensions 55 in × 36 in
139 cm × 91 cm

Alessandro Farnese is the subject for Raphael’s The Portrait of Alessandro Farnese. He is an Italian cardinal, grandson of Pope Paul III and is a great collector of arts. He received many benefices. To name a few, he became the Vice Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church, Governor of Tivoli, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and he was later put to position as Bishop of Montreal, Sicily in 1536. He later founded a Jesuit college there.

The painting depicts the image of the cardinal walking past a window and was holding a letter. The background used by the artist was a dark hall yet the foreground is bright. The painting is now housed in Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples.

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