Spotlight / Vincenzo Foppa’s ‘The Young Cicero Reading’

Here sits a young boy absorbed in his reading, perhaps slowly working his way through the pile of books on the shelf next to him. The boy is the young orator and writer, Cicero, identifiable by the engraving on the stone bench behind him. His face appears to be calm with a hint of quiet …

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Spotlight / Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti

Raphael, Bindo Altoviti, oil on panel, c.1515, 59.7 x 43.8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington Shown here is Raphael's portrait of papal banker and aristocrat Bindo Altoviti. Bindo's connections and friendships with artists including Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari meant he became a reputable and influential patron of the arts amid the first half of …

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