Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Portraits of fornarina Margherita Luti by Raphael

PD Image: La fornarina (1518-1519), also known as The Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on wood painting by the Italian High Renaissance master Raphael, dimensions 85 cm x 60 cm (33 in x 24 in) located at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini, Rome.
The woman portrayed in this painting is traditionally identified as the fornarina (daughter of a baker) Margherita Luti, Raphael's Roman mistress, depicted in an oriental style. Click and enlarge the photo so that you can read the signature of the artist, RAPHAEL URBINAS on the narrow band on her left arm. The same artist’s model Margherita Luti appears in another portrait by Raphael, La Velata.
PD Image: La Velata, or La Donna Velata (The woman with a veil or The Veiled Woman) by Raphael (1514-1515), oil on canvas, dimensions 82 by 61 cm (32 by 24 inches), located at Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy. La Velata is considered one of the most famous portraits by Raphael.

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