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Albani, Alessandro (Urbino 1692-Rome 1779) Italian cardinal, nephew of Clement XI, extraordinary ambassador of pope in Vienna in 1720. He became a cardinal under Innocent XIII. He was the main author of the concordat between the Holy See and Vittorio Amedeo II in 1727. He was a maecenas an protector of arts, collected a considerable number of artistic treasures, erected a famous Villa Albani in Rome (1743-1763), and was a protector of Winckelmann, "father of archeology".
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