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Nicolas Cordier's Il Moro: The African as "Christian Antiquity" in Early Modern Rome
Between 1607 and 1612 Scipione Borghese, the Cardinal Nephew of Pope Paul V, commissioned a polychrome sculpture of an African man from the artist Nicolas Cordier. On the surface, Cordier's <italic>Il Moro</italic> seems a purely exotic object and an anomaly within the Borghese collection. The context surrounding the sculpture's ...