Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu

Armand-Jean du Plessis, Duc and Cardinal de Richelieu (1585 - 1642), wears the Order of the Saint-Esprit. He became a cardinal in 1622 and Chief Minister of France.

This painting was executed in Paris, and sent to Rome as a model for the making of a bust of Richelieu by the sculptor Francesco Mocchi. The inscription over the right-hand head notes that, of the two profile views, 'this is the better one'.

Key facts

Artist dates
1602 - 1674
Full title
Triple Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu
Date made
probably 1642
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
58.7 x 72.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, 1869
Inventory number
Location in Gallery