Portrait of Bindo Altoviti

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The Portrait of Bindo Altoviti by Italian artist Raphael in about 1515 it is now housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Altoviti was a rich banker born in Rome in 1491, but of Florentine origin. He was a cultured man who liked the arts.

The painting was a property of Altoviti’s descendants until 1808, when it was sold to Ludwig I of Bavaria. It remained at the Alte Pinakothek until 1936, when, after many debates about its attribution, the painting was lured out of Nazi Germany by “canny English dealers”. Acquired by Samuel Henry Kress, the portrait subsequently became property of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..

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