Borghese, Camillo, 6th Prince of Sulmona

BORN 19 Jul 1775, Roma, Lazio - DIED 10 Apr 1832, Firenze, Toscana
BIRTH NAME Borghese, Camillo Filippo Ludovico
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di San Maria Maggiore (Borghese chapel)

Camillo Borghese was the son of Marcantonio Borghese, 5th Prince of Sulmona. His mother was Anna Maria Salviati (1752-1809). His father supported Napoleon and in 1796 Camillo entered into the service of France. On 28 August 1803 be became the second husband of Napoleon's sister Pauline Bonaparte. At that time he was one of the richest princes of Italy. Napoleon gave him several titles and he was promoted to colonel in 1805. In 1807 he was forced to sell part of his art collection for circa 3 million Francs to Napoleon.

He was promoted to Brigade General in 1807 and to Division General in 1808. In 1808 he became overall military commander in Piedmont and later governor general of Piedmondt After the fall of Napoleon he surrendered to the Austrians. He separated from Pauline, who joined Napoleon on Elba. From 1818 he lived in Rome and Florence with his mistress Margherita Lante della Rovere.

In 1825 Pauline requested the pope to make him take her back and the pope forced him to so. Three months later she died of cancer. In 1827 he managed to acquire several items from his former collection, including Canova's sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte and Corregio's painting "Danae". Camillo Borghese died in 1832 in Florence.

• Wife: Bonaparte, Pauline (1803-1825)

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• was painted by Gérard, François


The Borghese chapel in the Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
Picture by Androom (25 Apr 2023)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Camillo Borghese - Wikipedia

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Published: 01 May 2023
Last update: 03 May 2023