Bindo Altoviti (c. 1515) by Raphael

Bindo Altoviti - Raphael - 1512 - 1515

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TitleBindo Altoviti
Date1512 - 1515
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions60 x 44 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About Bindo Altoviti

Raphael’s Portrait of Bindo Altoviti is regarded as one of his most exquisite drawings from the High Renaissance period. Completed around 1515, this portrait portrays Bindo Altoviti as an intellectual man who appreciates the arts, which reflects his love for human expressions. The painting is a depiction of an idealized portrait of Bindo, crafted with utmost attention to detail and visual harmony.

As a renowned painter and architect of the High Renaissance period, Raphael was notably influenced by classical art before he developed into the physical style that Michelangelo introduced into art. He revolutionized painting during his time by incorporating clarity in form and ease of composition while visually achieving Neoplatonic ideals of human grandeur.

Bindo Altoviti was not only known for his appreciation and patronage towards artists like Benvenuto Cellini and Michelangelo but also a rich banker who came from Rome with Florentine roots. Some people speculated that this portrait may have been Raphael’s idealized self-portrait due to its perfection.

The Portrait of Bindo Altoviti remains one incredible piece that has enthralled generations to date. Visitors at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC can admire one exceptional oil painting reproduction painted on canvas by highly skilled artists meticulously painted to museum-quality standards.

Overall, this drawing embodies both Raphael’s gifts as a master draughtsman and his stylistic evolution through life. Neoplatonism thought about Striving for beauty as an essential character had emerged already in Leonardo’s circle and this Portraiture certainly links back to him. It captures the essence of Alto advitya’s love for culture along with Raphael’s all contemporary achievements via superior portraiture skills created from having access ancient motifs yet upgrading them into current fashion accessibility

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