Skip to main content

Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Baciccio), Portrait of Cardinal Marco Gallo

Key facts
Full title Portrait of Cardinal Marco Gallo
Artist Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Baciccio)
Artist dates 1639 - 1709
Date made 1681-3
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 72.6 × 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1991
Inventory number NG6534
Location Room 32
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Cardinal Marco Gallo
Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Baciccio)

In 1681, Marco Gallo was made a cardinal by Pope Innocent X, having served as Bishop of Rimini, a city in northwestern Italy from 1659. In this portrait he wears a vivid red cardinal’s biretta on his head and a silk mozzetta (short cape), its beautiful iridescence and volume created by carefully applied brushstrokes.

Gallo must have been around 60 years old in this portrait, but he appears remarkably youthful. His gaze is engaging and direct, his expression stern. Gaulli has captured his greying hair and wispy beard, as well as a slight sense of jowliness, but this is a sympathetic portrait of a sensitive, contemplative man.

A native of Genoa, Gaulli spent most of his career in Rome during the late seventeenth century. He painted many illustrious sitters, including popes and other cardinals, but few of his works are known today. This is certainly among the most accomplished of his known portraits.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

License this image

License and download a high-resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low-resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Download low-resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo