Artwork Title: Portrait of Innocent X - Artist Name: Diego Velázquez

Portrait of Innocent X

Diego Velázquez, 1650

Velázquez did not attempt to hide Innocent X's ugliness, “that satirical saturnine, coarse and hideous aspect.” The excellently preserved painting has always attracted particular attention in the gallery. In the mid-19th century Filippo Andrea Doria Pamphilj V wanted to isolate it from the rest, and had a special chamber built for it by architect Andrea Busiri Vici at the far end of the wing running along the Via del Corso.

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