Bindo Altoviti (1491–1557)

Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 612

Having made politically astute loans to popes, the Venetian state, and French monarchs, Bindo Altoviti was one of the wealthiest and most powerful bankers of the sixteenth century. Born in Rome to a Florentine father, Altoviti divided his time between the two cities. His likeness was recorded in his youth by Raphael and, several years after this painting, in bronze by Benvenuto Cellini. This sumptuous portrait—executed at the height of Altoviti’s career—is painted on marble, a support used in Rome, where Salviati must have acquired the skill for it. However, the tactility of the heavy curtain, fur trims, silks, and velvets feels more Venetian than Roman or Florentine.

Bindo Altoviti (1491–1557), Francesco Salviati (Francesco de' Rossi) (Italian, Florence 1510–1563 Rome), Oil on marble

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Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2020