(Terni 1814 – Rome 1880 circa)
A Roman painter and photographer, until 1865 he shared his studio on Via Fontanella Borghese with Pompeo Molins, and afterwards he moved with Enrico Verzaschi to Via di Ripetta, where he stayed until 1875. Altobelli was the official photographer of the Academy of France and of the Works of Art for the Roman Railways. In 1867, he successfully took part in the World’s Fair in Paris, presenting “six plates portraying monuments in Rome in photographs, with the new system preferred by the Pontifical Government,” and was one of the first to photograph the breach of Porta Pia, having the soldiers pose to obtain a souvenir of the event. Also, some of his most memorable shots include the photograph of the tomb erected on February 17, 1878 in the Sistine Chapel for the funeral of the deceased Pope Pius IX.