[Georges d'Amboise]Georgius Cardinalis Ambasius Quantam unus meruerit gloriam [...]
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, 17th century watermark; each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾") very large margins. Slight tear top right.
Georges d'Amboise (1460-1510), French Roman Catholic cardinal and minister of state. Georges became cardinal and prime minister in 1498, in which position his focus was upon increasing French power in Italy. He was frustrated in his attempts to become Pope in 1503 when two Italians were chosen in quick succession for the post. From 'Les Portraits des Hommes Illustres Francois qui sont Peints dans la Galerie du Palais Cardinal de Richelieu' (1660). The book reproduces the portraits of great men hanging in Richelieu's 'Galerie des hommes illustres' by Simon Vouet and Philippe de Champaigne (although only four of the original paintings survive). The final 'illustrious figure' was Richelieu himself.
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