Returned to lender The Met accepts temporary loans of art both for short-term exhibitions and for long-term display in its galleries.

Camillo Astalli

Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) Spanish

Not on view

A distant relative by marriage to Pope Innocent X, Camillo Astalli was made a prince of the church on September 19, 1650, and assumed the name Cardinal Pamphili. Here, Velázquez conveys a sense of the momentary and unfixed. The listing biretta atop the cardinal's head adds to the instability of the fleeting pose, as would have the original off-center placement of the sitter. This baroque exuberance was tempered when, in a later period, the canvas was cut down on the left and bottom to align the cardinal with the central axis of the painting.

Camillo Astalli, Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez) (Spanish, Seville 1599–1660 Madrid), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.