Biography and History

Ottavio Falconieri (1636-1675) was one of the major personages of the literary and artistic circles around Queen Christina of Sweden in 17th century Rome. Though well known as an archaeologist and despite his wide scientific interests (he was member of the most famous academies of his time, the Accademia del Cimento as well as that of Crusca, was the rediscoverer of the literary opus of Torquato Tasso, completely forgotten at the time, and was artistical and archaeological advisor to Leopoldo de Medici), Falconieri joined the clergy and had a brilliant career. He became abbot of St. Girolamo in Fiesole and was ultimately elected private secretary under Clement X.

Source: From the finding aid for C1305

  • Ottavio Falconieri Papers. 1661-1674 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1305

    Consists of selected papers of the Italian humanist and cleric Ottavio Falconieri (1636-1675). Included are thirteen manuscripts (either autograph drafts or secretarial copies) of texts mostly written in Rome, 1661-74, and 135 autograph drafts and secretarial copies of outgoing letters from Falconieri to Cardinal Francesco Barberini (1597-1679) and others, chiefly written from Brussels between February 1673 and December 1674.