ALGARDI, Alessandro
(b. 1598, Bologna, d. 1654, Roma)

Bust of Roberto Frangipane

San Marcello al Corso, Rome

The monuments to the Frangipanes are in the fourth chapel in the left nave of the church. The bust of Muzio is one of three of the same size and inserted in the same marble frame. The marble busts of Lelio, Muzio, and Roberto Frangipane represent an early peak of achievement.

Roberto Frangipane was involved with the kings of France as he was an advisor to Henri III, the brother of Charles IX. He was an abbč and as such he was entitled to wear ecclesiastical dress, without necessarily having official ecclesiastical duties. Algardi did not make use of different marbles, nevertheless the hair and the moustaches of Roberto seem of a different colour. The portrait shows some distinctive features of a 17th-century gentleman like the short moustaches and the pointed beard or the somewhat ruffled hair.