oil on panel, unframed
This is a 19th-century copy after the portrait of Bindo Altoviti by the High Renaissance master, Raphael, which now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.1 The original painting was executed in Rome in 'circa' 1515, and remained in the possession of the sitter’s descendants until 1808.
Bindo Altoviti was a wealthy banker born in Rome in 1491, and was patron to artists including Michelangelo and Vasari, as well as Raphael. This portrait is unusual in the employment of heavy contrasts between light and shadow, and the rather effeminate pose and expression of the sitter. It reflects the influence of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, which Raphael studied particularly in the latter part of his career spent in Rome.
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