A Cardinal's Procession

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 640

Presumably painted to commemorate an important event in the life of the cardinal depicted, this scene and its figures, largely portraits, have yet to be identified. The lion and eagles on the silver and gold mace in front of the central figure probably reference the cardinal’s coat of arms. The ancient and modern architecture does not align with any known buildings.

A Cardinal's Procession, Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano) (Italian, Rome 1578–1630 Rome), Oil on copper

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