Portrait of Maffeo Barberini

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Portrait of Maffeo Barberini
Italian: Ritratto di Maffeo Barberini
Caravaggio Maffeo Barberini.jpg
Artist Caravaggio
Year c. 1598
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 124 cm × 90 cm (49 in × 35 in)
Location Private collection

Portrait of Maffeo Barberini (c. 1598) is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

It is held in a private collection in Florence.

Barberini, 30 years old and from the eminent Florentine Barberini family, was a rapidly rising Church prelate, a friend of Caravaggio's patron Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, and himself a poet and patron of the arts.

Barberini's support would continue into later years – in 1603 he commissioned a Sacrifice of Isaac from Caravaggio. In 1623 he became Pope as Urban VIII.

References

  • Creighton Gilbert. Caravaggio and his two cardinals. Penn State Press, 1995. ISBN 0271013125
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