Portraying the Princes of the Church

Baker-Bates, Piers and Brooke, Irene (2021). Portraying the Princes of the Church. In: Baker-Bates, Piers and Brooke, Irene eds. Portrait Cultures of the Early Modern Cardinal. Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 21–42.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463725514_CH01


This chapter gives a brief overview of the place of cardinal portraits within early modern portraiture as a whole. It explores how certain typologies specific to cardinals evolved in different media over the period. It also considers how these images carried unique meanings and functions that depended on the particular office and duties of the cardinal.

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