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ID: 500121835
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Record Type: Person
Orsini, Paolo Giordano, II (Italian patron, poet, and amateur artist, 1591-1656)

Note: Paolo Giordano II was raised in Florence, where he frequented the Medici court. His castle at Lake Bracciano, near Rome, attracted virtuosi, singers, and poets; he was supposedly friends with Alessandro Algardi and Gianlorenzo Bernini, and the latter made a bronze portrait bust of him (1624). Paolo also commissiond from Bernini marble busts of himself and his wife Isabella (ca. 1630-1635); the bust shows his flamboyant appearance, featuring windswept hair, pointed beard and upturned moustache. He also had his portrait engraved by Ottavio Leoni (ca. 1625) and his collection of medals included a series of ten featuring his portrait (1611-1635). He commissioned "The Tempest" (possibly 1638-1639) from Claude Lorrain, perhaps alluding to his motto: contra ventos et undas ('against wind and waves'). A drawing by Claude, "Coast View with the Castle of Paolo," shows an Orsini castle. Paolo was also an amateur painter, draftsman, and engraver; an Orsini inventory of 1707 lists a "Landscape with the Story of Leto" by his hand. He corresponded with Queen Christina of Sweden, informing her on art and artists in Rome. An inventory of 1656 of his collection lists works by Flemish artists such as Paul Bril, woodcuts by Dürer, and paintings by Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, and Daniele da Volterra.

Names:
Orsini, Paolo Giordano, II (preferred,V,index)
Paolo Giordano Orsini II (V,display)
Paolo Giordano II Orsini, Duca di Bracciano (V)  ....  he became Duca in 1615
Paolo Giordano Orsini II, Duca di Bracciano (V)

Nationalities:
Italian (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
amateur artist
patron
collector
writer
poet

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Florence (Firenze province, Tuscany, Italy) (inhabited place)
Died:  Bracciano (Roma province, Lazio, Italy) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
grandchild of ....  Orsini, Paolo Giordano, I  
........................  (Italian patron, died 1585) [500121834]
member of ....  Orsini family  
................  (Italian family of patrons, active from the 12th century) [500121821]
patron of ....  Bernini, Gian Lorenzo  
................  (Italian sculptor, architect, 1598-1680) [500032022]
patron of ....  Gellée, Claude (Claude Lorrain)  
................  (French painter, 1604-1682, active in Italy) [500115366]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Orsini, Paolo Giordano, II (I)

Biographies:
(Italian patron, poet, and amateur artist, 1591-1656) ..... [VP Preferred]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Orsini, Paolo Giordano, II ........ [VP Preferred]
.....................................................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 11 October 2004
Paolo Giordano II Orsini, Duca di Bracciano ........ [VP]
...................................................................................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 11 October 2004
Paolo Giordano Orsini II ........ [VP]
.................................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Paolo Giordano Orsini II, Duca di Bracciano ........ [VP]
...................................................................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules

Subject: ........ [Gallery Systems, VP]
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: nr97011889
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 11 October 2004
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: nr97011889
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 11 October 2004
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