Girolamo Mattei (8 February 1547 - 8 December 1603) was an Italian
Cardinal from the House of Mattei.
Mattei was born 8 February 1547, the son of Alessandro Mattei and
Emilia Mazzatosta. He was the younger brother of
Ciriaco Mattei and
the older brother of Asdrubale Mattei, Marquis di Giove. He was uncle
Girolamo Mattei, Duca di Giove and Luigi Mattei, commander of
forces loyal to the Pope.
Mattei was raised to cardinal deacon in 1586 with the diaconias of
Sant'Adriano al Foro
Sant'Adriano al Foro and
Sant'Agata dei Goti
Sant'Agata dei Goti (1587) then Santa Maria
in Cosmedin (1587–89), then the titular church of San Pancrazio
fuori le mura from 1592 to 1603.
He participated in the conclaves of 10–30 January 1592 (electing
Pope Clement VIII) and also the elections of Pope Innocent IX, Pope
Gregory XIV and Pope Urban VII. From 1591 to 1603 he was prefect of
the Congregation of the Council.
House of Mattei
^ Caravaggio's Taking of Christ by Francesca Cappelletti
^ Catholic Hierarchy: Girolamo Cardinal Mattei
^ S. Miranda: Gir