Bindo Altoviti (Rome, November 26, 1491 - Rome, 22 January 1557) was an Italian banker and patron.
Ancient plaster cast bust with original patina, from Florence.
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|Height||43.31 in||110 cm|
|Width||27.56 in||70 cm|
|Depth||18.9 in||48 cm|
|Weight||77.16 lbs||35 Kg|
|Artist / Creator / Architect||Benvenuto Cellini 1546-1550 about|
|Note 01||Cpy of the bronze bust at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston|
Michelangelo praised this bust when he saw it in Bindo's palace in Rome, comparing it favorably to busts made in Ancient Greece and Rome. Since the Renaissance revered the ancient world, this was high praise, especially from one considered the greatest sculptor of the time.
Cellini's bust of Bindo is unique - the only major bronze made for a private patron in the Renaissance. Because of its cost, bronze was usually employed only for portraits of rulers. It is also Cellini's last portrait, last bronze sculpture, and his only securely documented major sculpture outside Europe.