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Giulio Alberoni

Giulio Alberoni

Cardinal and politician

Giulio Alberoni was the major exponent of the cosmopolitan culture that rapidly spread all over Europe in the eighteenth century. Despite his humble origins, he showed great ability in running the affairs of state: He was Cathedral canon, led a diplomatic career in the Farnese Court and eventually became a powerful politician in Europe. He arranged the wedding between Elisabetta Farnese and Philip V King of Spain, and subsequently became Madrid's chief executive official.

In 1730, he was appointed administrator of the hospital of San Lazzaro in Piacenza, and replaced it with a seminar under the name of "Collegio Alberoni". This splendidly decorated building is home to a rich library and a precious collection of artworks, among which the most famous is Ecce Homo by Antonello da Messina.

 

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  • Fiorenzuola d'Arda, May 21, 1664 - Piacenza, June 26, 1752
  • 1717 actively participated in the conquest of Sardinia and Sicily
  • 10 years old became an orphan
  • July 12, 1717 appointed cardinal by Pope
  • 11 ° the number associated with his name as a cardinal (Clement XI) 
  • 2 years ( about) lived in retirement at a Jesuit house 
  • in 1724 he was proposed to the papal throne
  • 10 votes he got from the conclave
  • 600,000 ducats, the sum he bequeathed to the church of the college
  • 15 positions held
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