Algardi Alessandro Bust of Cardinal Paolo Emilio Zacchia
The cardinal’s fine robes, lace cuffs and distinctive moustache and beard tell the viewer immediately that this is a distinguished individual. The marble portrait has a spark of life that show’s Algardi’s close observation of the cardinal’s features.
As was customary at the time, Algardi originally sculpted this bust in terracotta. This would have been used as a study before making a final version in the more expensive medium of marble. Although an artist of the Baroque period, Algardi’s style is more reserved than Bust of Cardinal Paolo Hmilio Zacchia
the flamboyant approach of his contemporary Gianlorenzo Bernini. This may be because he trained in Bologna under the painter Lodovico Carracci (the cousin of Annibale) before embarking on a career in Rome. ()nc of the century’s foremost Italian sculptors, Algardi was commissioned to make many important works while in Rome, including the tomb of Leo XI in St Peter’s and a bronze statue of Innocent X.