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Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte
(July 5, 1549 - August 27, 1627) Italy

Francesco Bourbon

Cardinal

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Born in Venice, he was a roman noble, the son of Marquis Ranieri Bourbon del Monte, first count of Monte Baroccio, and Minerva Pianosa. Of the San Faustino line of the family. Distant descendant of the Bourbon French royal house.

Del Monte obtained a doctorate in law. He became Abbot of Santa Croce a Monte Fabali. He went to Rome when he was still quite young. Later, he went to serve the grand-duke of Tuscany, the former Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici.

Created cardinal in 1588, he was Prefect of the S.C. of the Tridentine Council from 1606 until 1616. Spain presented the veto against his election to the pontificate.

Del Monte employed the artist Caravaggio, helping him to get his first public commission in 1597, three scenes from the life of St. Matthew in the chapel in San Luigi dei Francesi.

He died in his Roman palace. The funeral took place in the church of S. Luigi dei Francesi and later, he was buried in the church of S. Urbano, Rome.

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