“Sforza painted by Nicolas Mignard”. c. 1641


Federico Sforza (January 1603 – May 1676) was an Italian Catholic cardinal.

Sforza was born in 1603, the son of Alessandro Sforza, 7th Count of Santa Fiora, Duke of Segni and Prince of Valmontone – and Eleonora Orsini.  In 1623 he became protonotary apostolic participante. In 1625 he was appointed governor of Terni and then of Cesena until 1626.

Later he served as vice-legate in Avignon between 1637 and 1645. John Evelyn mentions meeting him during his visit to Avignon in 1644.

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Further reading


  • Wikipedia for background, portrait.