Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini

Italian Cardinal, Pietro Aldobrandini, made cardinal in 1593 by his uncle Pope Clement VIII. He was educated in Rome in the Oratory of Santa Maria in Vallicella and by 1598 became a driving force in recovering the city of Ferrara for the papacy. Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini inhabited the Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati as an escape from his daily obligations at the court and his duties as papal secretary of state, as he was again elevated in status. The cardinal was also a loyal patron of Annibale Carracci, who painted for Pietro Aldobrandini’s private chapel a series of luntette landscapes, one of the most famous being Rest on the Flight into Egypt. From 1518 to 1525 Titian created a series of mythological for Alfonso d’Este, however, after the demise of the branch of the d’Este family and the annexation of Ferrara into the Papal States, Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini removed the works from Alfonso and became part of the Aldobrandini collection in Rome. These confiscated works included Feast and the Andrians among other works.