A Roman Catholic Cardinal, robed in Vibert’s red (a blend of pigments which created a vibrant red that is known as Vibert’s red), sits bathed in light before a large globe. He holds a magnifying glass in his right hand and appears to be gently touching the globe with his left hand. The Cardinal’s attention is focused on South America. The room in which he sits is elegantly decorated with marble columns and parquet wood floors, which illustrates the opulence and sophistication of France and the Roman Catholic Church.
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