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"Madonna del Velo" with Cardinal Paolo Emilio Sfondrati, c. 1591 (Wilanów Palace in Warsaw).

Paolo Emilio Sfondrati (21 March 1560 – 14 February 1618) was an Italian Cardinal.



Born to a noble family in Milan and the nephew of Pope Gregory XIV, he was the cardinal priest of Santa Cecilia, papal legate in Bologna, member of the Congregation of the Sant'Offizio and a good friend of San Filippo Neri.

He was bishop of Cremona, and bishop of Albano. Pope Clement VIII made him an Inquisitor in 1600.[1] He died in Tivoli in 1618.

Episcopal successionEdit


  1. ^ The Trial of Galileo, 1612-1633. Edited by Thomas F. Mayer. Toronto (2012)
  2. ^ Cheney, David M. "Paolo Emilio Cardinal Sfondrati". Retrieved June 16, 2018. [self-published]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Niccolò Sfondrati
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Cecilia
Succeeded by
Giambattista Leni
Preceded by
Cesare Speciano
Bishop of Cremona
Succeeded by
Giambattista Brivio
Preceded by
Antonmaria Sauli
Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
Succeeded by
Francesco Sforza