Portrait of Cardinal Pietro Maria Borghese
On View In:
Gallery 313
Artist:   Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini)  
Title:   Portrait of Cardinal Pietro Maria Borghese  
Date:   c. 1633-1635  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   53 x 39 in. (134.62 x 99.06 cm) (canvas) 63 1/4 x 49 1/2 x 3 in. (160.66 x 125.73 x 7.62 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Anonymous gift of funds  
Location:   Gallery 313  

Frame: Gift of the Douglas and Mary Olson Frame Acquisition Fund Pietro Maria Borghese was Pope Paul V's grandnephew from Siena. He became not only an important cardinal in Rome but also the heir to the ecclesiastical titles, wealth, and extraordinary art collection of the great Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Pietro Maria is shown wearing the habit of a cardinal. The silver inkwell decorated with an eagle and a dragon are symbols used by the Borghese family. Pietro da Cortona worked extensively in Rome for papal and aristocratic patrons, both as an architect and as a painter of grandiose fresco cycles. This is one of the rare remaining portraits from his hand. He probably painted it shortly after the death of Scipione Borghese (October, 1633) and Pietro Maria's own rise to prominence. This frame is a Baroque version of the Renaissance cassetta frame. The essential elements of the Baroque style appear in its use of light and shade, color and plasticity, to present a theatrical, opulent take on classicism.

Name:   Cortona (Pietro Berrettini), Pietro da  
Nationality:   Italian (Tuscany)  
Life Dates:   Italian (Tuscany), 1596 - 1669  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Marks on verso: UC in white: [E6941] L side in yellow chalk: [WEITZNER] Labels on verso: UR: [  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Portrait of Cardinal Pietro Maria Borghese  
Creation Place:   Europe, Italy, , , Rome  
Accession #:   65.39  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts