Artibus et Historiae no. 22 (XI)

1990, ISSN 0391-9064

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CAROLYN VALONE - Elena Orsini, Daniele da Volterra, and the Orsini Chapel

At Trinita dei Monti, Elena Orsini commissioned one of the most famous chapels in mid-sixteenth-century Rome from Daniele da Volterra-not only as an act of piety but also as a means of legitimization, for she was the illegitimate daughter of Archbishop Aldobrandini Orsini. She carefully orchestrated patronage, iconography, and the selection of early Church sources and Counter-Reformation ideas to establish her right to the Orsini name, and to reveal something about herself in the process.

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