The Full Wiki

Ippolito II d'Este: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ippolito II d'Este

Ippolito (II) d'Este (1509 - December 2, 1572) was an Italian cardinal. He was a member of the House of Este, and nephew of the other Ippolito d'Este, also a cardinal.



He was born in Ferrara, Italy, the son of Duke Alfonso I d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia.

In 1519 he inherited the archbishopric of Milan from his uncle.

Pope Paulus III created him cardinal in the consistory of 20 December 1538. Later he was appointed as protector of France at the court of King Francis I.

In 1550 he was governor of Tivoli.

Disgusted by the intrigues rising against him, and tired by the political duties, he died in Rome after a short illness. He was buried in Tivoli's church of Santa Maria Maggiore, next to his villa.

Patronage of the arts

Coat of Arms of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este.

A lover of luxuries and magnificence, he had the Villa d'Este built in Tivoli by Mannerist architect Pirro Ligorio, to match the other palaces he was building in Rome. Ippolito d'Este also helped to sponsor the career of the composer Palestrina. [1]

Archival collection

Some of Ippolito's letters and account books from his household, have survived. This collection, including more than 2,000 letters and over 200 account books, is housed in the archives in Modena, a hereditary seat of the Este family. These materials form the basis for Mary Hollingsworth's book, The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince, a social history of Ippolito d'Este and his times. [2]




  1. ^ Hollingsworth. The Cardinal's Hat. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Hollingsworth. The Cardinal's Hat. p. 1. 

General references

  • Hollingsworth, Mary (2005). The Cardinal's Hat. Woodstock & NY: Overlook Press. ISBN 1-58567-680-2. 


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address