Olga's Gallery

Raphael


Portrait of Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi Bibbiena.

c.1514-1516. Oil on canvas. Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy. Read Note.

Raphael. Portrait of Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi Bibbiena.

Bernardo Dovizi, better known by the name of his native town Bibbiena (1470-1520) was a cardinal and a comedy-writer, close friend of the Medicis. In 1513, his tireless efforts on behalf of his lifelong patron secured the election of Giovanni dei Medici to the pontifical throne. Such services Leo X repaid by bestowing on him the purple robe, appointing him his treasurer and entrusting him with many important missions, among them a delegation to France (1518)