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Portraits by Ottavio Leoni (1578–1630)

In the early seventeenth century, Rome was a melting pot of new ideas in science and art, and a meeting place for the leading virtuosi of the age. The patronage of three successive popes and their families – Borghese, Ludovisi and Barberini – changed the face of the city. Their power and patronage attracted writers, composers and artists whose individual and collaborative creativity gave birth to Baroque Rome.

This virtual exhibition brings these characters together in prints and drawings by the leading Roman portraitist of his time, and traces some of the links between them.

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