Raphael and the beautiful banker

the story of the Bindo Altoviti portrait

By Brown, David & Van Nimmen, Jane & Nimmen, Jane Van

Publishers Summary:
"Five centuries ago a stunningly beautiful young man, heir to a banking fortune, sat for a portrait by Raphael. In the artist's dynamic conception, Bindo Altoviti turns as if to speak to his Florentine bride, Fiammetta. Ardently admired over the years, as it is today, Raphael's portrait was also coolly received by more than one influential critic who cast a shadow on its reputation. This gloriously illustrated book tells the story of the portrait's creation and of its unexpected trajectory through history." "Focusing on viewers' responses to Bindo Altoviti, the book describes the transformation of the picture from a family treasure into a supposed self-portrait of the artist; its public display in Munich, where it was first celebrated, then dismissed by sceptics claiming that it was neither of nor by Raphael; and its acquisition by canny English dealers who lured the panel out of Nazi Germany. Purchased as a Raphael by American collector Samuel H. Kress, the painting was donated in 1943 to the newly opened National Gallery of Art, where Bindo's image has beguiled visitors ever since."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-30010-824-8
Publisher
New Haven ; Yale University Press, 2005.


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Reviewed on January 15, 2006

Raphael's portrait of a young man with blond locks, the Bindo Altoviti Portrait, is considered by many one of the most beautiful portraits in Western art. Curat...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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