This vertical oil painting is a portrait of Pope Innocent X. While the background is dark, the color red dominates the rest of the portrait. The pope wears a red biretta, a square tall hat worn by Catholic clergy, and a red silk cape with a white silk collar. The skin on his face and right ear has a reddish hue. The pope sits facing slightly to our right with his head turned a bit to face the viewer. He has a long, straight nose and a mustache; his dark eyes are carefully watchful as they gaze straight at us. Although much of the portrait is fairly dark, light reflects off the pope’s forehead, the skin under his right eye, the side of the collar to our left, and the front of the robe.
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