Julles Mazarin Cardinal

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Julles Mazarin Cardinal
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Baltazar Moncornet
Julles Mazarin Cardinal
Paris, Ca. 1650
Engraving
170 x 120 mm
£75
A well executed portrait of Jules Mazarin (1602–1661), born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino or Mazarini, a French-Italian Cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin succeeded his mentor, Cardinal Richelieu. He was a noted collector of art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and he bequeathed the "Mazarin diamonds" to Louis XIV in 1661, some of which remain in the collection of the Louvre museum in Paris. His personal library was the origin of the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris.