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Raphael and the Beautiful Banker

An interpretation of Raphael's 'Bindo Altoviti Portrait' by David Alan Brown and Jane Van Nimmen

If bankers are notoriously stuffy, why does Bindo Altoviti appear so alluring in his portrait by Raphael (now at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)? David Alan Brown and Jane Van Nimmen, co-authors of Raphael and the Beautiful Banker: The Story of the Bindo Altoviti Portrait (September 2005), interpret this provocative image of the Florentine banker who swore to destroy the Medici dynasty. Evoking viewers’ responses, the authors trace the portrait’s fascinating trajectory over the centuries. David Alan Brown is Curator of Italian Renaissance Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where he has organised major international loan exhibitions on Raphael and other Renaissance masters. Jane Van Nimmen is a former curator and art librarian who works as an independent scholar in Vienna.


David Alan Brown | talks
Jane Van Nimmen | talks


Date and Time:

28 September 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
020 7747 2596

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