Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pope Paul V - Camillo Borghese and the Artist Caravaggio ... same Family ? Same DNA

"St Jerome" by Caravaggio at the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio / Camillo Borghese, Pope Paul V

Caravaggio Merisi Y-DNA E1b1b1-a1b 13-24-13-10-16-18-11-12-12-14-11-31
Camillo Borghese Y-DNA E1b1b1-a1b 13-24-13-10-16-18-11-12-12-14-11-31

Pope Paul V (17 September 1552 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was Pope from 16 May 1605 until his death. In Rome the Pope financed the completion of St. Peter's Basilica, and improved the Vatican Library. He restored the Aqua Traiana, an ancient Roman Aqueduct (named after him Acqua Paola), bringing water to the rioni located on right bank of the Tiber (Trastevere and Borgo). He had always encouraged Guido Reni. Like many Popes of the time he was also allegedly guilty of nepotism, and his nephew Scipione Borghese wielded enormous power on his behalf, consolidating the rise of the Borghese family. Paul V also established the Bank of the Holy Spirit in 1605. The Bank of the Holy Spirit (Italian: Il Banco di Santo Spirito) was a bank founded by Pope Paul V on December 13, 1605. The Bank was the first national bank in Europe the first public deposit bank in Rome,and the oldest continuously-operating bank in Rome until its merger in 1992.

Recently it was confirmed that Napoloean Bonaparte belonged to Haplogroup E1b1b1-c1, which is interesting since his sister Pauline married into the Papal & Noble Borghese Family which is also E1b1b1-M35.1. This was a Family alliance that joined 2 of the most powerful families of Europe, consolidating most of the World's Artistic Masterpieces into one family. Many of the great works of Art were moved from Rome and now reside in the Louvre in Paris. Some of the finest works however have remained at the Borghese Gallery in Rome including works by Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio. The Nephew of Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) was Scipione Borghese, who encouraged and collected most of Caravaggio Merisi's work. Interestingly, it has been confirmed that Caravaggio was also E1b1b1-a1b, matching 12 of 12 markers of a branch of the Borghese Family. So there may be more to the Caravaggio-Borghese connection than meets the eye.

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