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date: 20 January 2020


  • Susan Klaiber


Italian family of patrons. They are documented in Rome from the Middle Ages and frequently held civic office. Their patronage became important in the 17th century. Paolo Mancini (b Rome; d Rome, ?Dec 1635) founded (1602) the Accademia degli Umoristi, a leading literary circle in Rome. His two sons Lorenzo Mancini (b Rome 1602; d Rome, 14 Oct 1650) and Francesco Maria Mancini (b Rome, 20 Oct 1606; d Marino, 28 June 1672) gained prominence through Lorenzo’s marriage in 1634 to a sister of Mazarin family, §1. The Mancini family’s activities thereafter became largely dependent on Mazarin’s patronage. Lorenzo was named Maestro di Strade in 1644, and after his death his family moved to the French court. There his five daughters, known as the ‘Mazarinettes’, married into French and Italian aristocratic families. Francesco became a cardinal in 1660 and remained in Rome. Lorenzo’s only surviving son, ...

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