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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 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.
Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740)
oil on canvas
H 134.3 x W 98.5 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885