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Carlo, Ferrante

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Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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[Gianfattori, Carlo Ferrante]

(b Parma, April 18, 1578; d Rome, June 9, 1641).

Italian writer, patron, collector and amateur dealer. He was educated in philosophy, law and letters, and in 1604 he journeyed to Rome, where he became the private secretary of Cardinal Paolo Camillo Sfondrato. In 1605 he was admitted to the Accademia degli Umoristi and by this time appears to have assumed the name Ferrante Carlo, by which he remains generally known. He became one of Rome’s foremost men of letters, a notable poet and a prolific correspondent (Bottari). He befriended numerous artists, including Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Lavinia Fontana, Guercino, Simon Vouet and Alessandro Tiarini, while his abundant correspondence with Ludovico Carracci (Nicodemi) from between 1606 and 1619 is among the most significant of the surviving letters.

He became private secretary to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, occupying private apartments in the Palazzo Borghese, including a picture gallery. He was appointed by Pope Paul V to write a history, the Templum Vaticanum (MS., Rome, Vatican, Bib. Apostolica), of the Old Basilica of St Peter’s, to be illustrated by the architect ...

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