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Portrait of Cardinal Giulio Spinola
17th Century
Giovan Battista GAULLI
Born 1639 Genoa, Died 1709Rome
Portrait of Cardinal Giulio Spinola
[Ritratto del Cardinale Giulio Spinola (1666-1691)]
Oil on canvas
framed: 97 x 125 x 5.5 cm  [HxW]
Rina Cavallini, Ro ferrarese (FE)

This lively portrait captures the Genoese-born Cardinal looking up from reading a letter which he holds delicately in his fine fingers.The cascading, reflective fabric in the background and the shine of luscious velvet of his cape demonstrates Gaulli’s skill in illusionistic techniques. He studied the work of Corregio in Parma and was encouraged and influenced by Bernini.

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