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Ottavio Leoni (c. 1578-1630)

Urban VIII dated 1625

Engraving. Cassiano Type A mount | 13.5 x 9.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 809550

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  • A bust length portrait engraving of Pope Urban VIII, three-quarter left, bearded, in a fur-trimmed cap, mantle and hood. The print is related to a drawing in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge that although undated is thought to have been made around the same time. Leoni portrayed Urban VIII again in a drawing dated 1629. Cassiano dal Pozzo served as secretary to Urban VIII's nephew, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, whose portrait print, also by Leoni (see RCIN 809558) Cassiano mounted together with this one.

    This print is lettered along the bottom: "VRBANVS OCTAVVS PONT. MAX. // Supior permissu. 1625. Eques Octauius Leo Roman' pictor fecit".

    The print formed part of an album of portrait prints assembled by Cassiano dal Pozzo in Rome and described in an early nineteenth-century inventory of prints in George III's library as Portraits of Popes and Cardinals. The album was arranged hierarchically from popes to cardinals and thence on to archbishops and bishops, and within each category chronologically (starting from St Peter, according to tradition the first pope). The album was dismantled later in the nineteenth century and the prints that were retained were integrated with others in the collection.

    For more information see Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. I: Ceremonies, Costumes, Portraits and Genre, 3 vols,Royal Collection Trust 2017, part of The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonné, cat. no. 1183.


    From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio's grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Medium and techniques

    Engraving. Cassiano Type A mount


    13.5 x 9.3 cm (sheet of paper)

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