Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577–1633)

Artist: Giuliano Finelli (Italian, Carrara 1601–1653 Rome)

Date: 1631–32

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): H. 32 1/4 x W. 30 7/8 x D. 16 in., Wt. 333lb. (81.9 x 78.4 x 40.6 cm, 151.0478kg);
Overall height including socle (confirmed): 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm);
Pedestal: H. 48 1/4 x Circum. 11 3/4 x W. 17 x D. 17 in. (122.6 x 29.8 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Louisa Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953

Accession Number: 53.201


Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577–1633) was the influential nephew of Pope Paul V and an enthusiastic and refined art collector. A document of 1632 records the payment to Finelli for this portrait bust, originally intended for the Villa Borghese in Rome. Finelli was a pupil of Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) and a sculptor known for his remarkable skill at carving marble.