Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740)

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The sitter was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Church and became a Cardinal following his great-uncle’s election as Pope Alexander VIII in 1689.

The offices and rich benefices bestowed upon the sitter provided him with a generous income that he spent on lavish banquets and celebrations on religious holidays. He appointed Domenico Paradisi to renovate his official residence in Rome the Palazzo della Cancelleria and collected paintings, tapestries and sculpture to adorn it. He became the most important patron of the arts in Rome supporting writers, painters and musicians including Handel.

The sitter wears a scarlet, watered-silk mozetta over his lace-fringed rochet which has a deep flounce of Venetian needlepoint. The artist subtly captures the difference in the textures and hues of the fabrics.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740)




oil on canvas


H 134.3 x W 98.5 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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