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Orazio Falconieri

Orazio Falconieri (died 1664) was an Italian nobleman from Florence, Italy and owner of the Villa Falconieri. His heraldic symbol was a falcon[1]


Falconieri was the son of Paolo Falconieri and Maddalena Albizzi and the brother of Lelio Falconieri[2] who was later elevated to Cardinal.

In 1615 he married Ottavia Sacchetti (1590–1645), sister of Cardinal Giulio Cesare Sacchetti[3] who would later consecrate Orazio's brother Lelio. The Sacchetti and Falconieri were already close; Orazio's father had made his fortune importing salt and as a result Orazio had business connections to Ottavia Sacchetti's father. When Ottavia's first husband, Piero Alberti, died, marriage to Orazio was considered an excellent option for both families.[4] Records indicate they had at least one son (Paolo Francesco Falconieri) who took ownership of the Villa Falconieri and took his father's titles.[5]


Falconieri purchased the Villa Falconieri and commissioned Francesco Borromini to renovate it. Orazio later commissioned Borromini to renovate the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini to build a Falconieri family chapel his burial and the burial of his brother Lelio Falconieri.[6]


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