Angelo Giori

Angelo Giori ( born May 11, 1586 Pieve Torina; † August 8, 1662 ) was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He stood for many years in the service of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini Pope Urban VIII and later his appointment to the Cardinal stand was made at the end of the pontificate of Urban VIII, due to the existing over years of loyalty relationship. Hailing from a humble background Giori remained among his colleagues, however, Cardinal always an outsider.


Angelo Giori was born on May 11, 1586, the son of Giovanni Francesco Poli Giori and Dora Polini. The parents came from a humble background. About them nothing more is known. Angelo Giori studied grammar in Camerinio, where he also gave elementary instruction children. Thanks to Cardinal Maffeo Barberini in which working as a valet uncle he also got a job as a tutor in the house of Barberini. With the support of his uncle, he also continued his studies. He ultimately earned even a doctoral degree in canonical and civil law.

After Maffeo Barberini was elected pope ( Urban VIII ), he appointed Angelo Giori his personal papal chamberlain. So Angelo Giori was responsible for the care of the everyday environment of the Pope. Due to the close proximity to the Pope Giori is thus one of the most influential people in the curia. Urban VIII also entrusted him very soon to the task of altar ista della basilica Vaticana. In this he had to accompany the Bessen, among others, and prepare. 1632 appointed him to the Urban VIII also segretario dei Memoriali, a function in which Giori had to worry mainly about the petitions and petitions addressed to the Pope. 1635 he was appointed maestro di camera, a position in which Giori had significant impact on which persons were admitted to the Pope.

The income Giori was coming now, he used to buy a palazzo in his birthplace in the Marche. Supposedly Gianlorenzo Bernini also said to have stopped there occasionally and have succeeded at a Hofgemälde in Giori palace. Reason why this is possible, because Urban VIII entrusted him with the commercial oversight of a number of art projects. This included the establishment of the papal tomb in the apse of St. Peter, which was executed by Bernini. Also Giori himself worked as an art patron. He was from 1639 to 1643 the church of Santa Maria in his birthplace restore and expand with chapels, which was set up in part for his family and his own burial place. On July 13, 1643 Giori was awarded together with two other courtiers of Urban VIII, namely Fausto Poli and Francesco Adriano Ceva with the title of Cardinal.

1644 Urban VIII died and this was for the Cardinal Giori with a significant change in his court position associated. From the courtly life in the curia he withdraws a large extent. Giori devoted himself instead diplomatic activities in the interest of the Barberini family. While many family members of the Barberini stay during the pontificate of Innocent X in Paris, Cardinal Giori stays in Rome and teaches living in Paris, Cardinal Francesco Barberini, via the development of things in Rome. Cardinal Giori It is also the driving forward the further construction of the tomb of Urban VIII. He saw through his connections within the Curia that Pope Innocent X attends, despite all the differences with the Barberini family the unveiling of the monument.

Importance of Angelo Giori within the Curia

About the intellectual abilities of Giori his contemporaries have always spoke disparagingly. The promoted from a humble background never had decision-making power of political or diplomatic implications. Together with the similar manner to the cardinal's hat came Cardinals Fausto Poli and Francesco Adriano Ceva he is in the coverage of his contemporaries ( just in terms of, usually ) as common, describes greedy and uncultured. The historian Carolin Behrmann, which has more detail dealing with this cardinal, noted that his work and his remit was always in the informal sector: