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Caricature of Monsignor Altoviti; head and shoulders, seen in profile, looking left; with mid-length curly hair; 1740
Pen and brown ink with traces of black chalk
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Height: 153 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 103 millimetres
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- See curatorial comment for 1871,0812.818.
The inscription translates: ‘Monsignor Altoviti, May 1740’ and ‘the above mentioned Monsignor Altoviti died around midday on 2 October 1744 and the evening of October 3d was carried to Trinità dei Monti on a big catafalque in a coffin covered with a cloth and was kept inside the coffin because he was all rotten. The whole church was adorned with one hundred torches with the assistance of the other clerics of the apostolic chamber. And he died […?]. Her sister Princess Corsini left for Florence on October 5th 1744 and never came back to Rome’.
This is Monsignor Luigi Innocenzo Altoviti (1691-1744) and a posthumous full-length caricature is in the Vatican Library, Codice Ottoboniano Latino 3119, c. 48 (see Maria Cristina Dorati da Empoli, 'Pier Leone Ghezzi. Un protagonista del Settecento Romano', Rome 2008, p. 318 and see digi.vatlib.it).
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