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Caravaggio and the Borghese Family

Scipione Borghese was an Italian Cardinal as well as being a patron of Caravaggio.  Born Scipione Caffarelli, the avid art collector, had his education funded by his maternal uncle, Camillo Borghese.  Camillo was elected Pope Paul V in 1605 and quickly offered Scipione a position as Cardinal as well as the right to use the name Borghese and the family coat of arms. As the secretary of the Pope and the appointed superintendent general of the Papal States, Cardinal Borghese found himself in a position of great power and had access to great wealth.  The Pope entrusted his nephew with managing the finances of the papacy as well as of …..

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