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The canvas "Donna Velata" by the famous painter Rafael Santi painted during the heyday of his work. At that time he was 32 years old. In his art, he departed from the themes of religion and plots that have a deep meaning, and began to depict the beauty of everyday life. This portrait is one of the works of that period. Her name can be translated as a lady with a veil.
The girl depicted is Margarita Luti, the young daughter of a simple baker. The artist was madly in love with her. He offered the future father-in-law a large ransom to marry her. After the wedding, the couple did not live long, although they loved each other very much. After 6 years, Raphael died, and Margarita went to the monastery and remained faithful to her husband until the end of her days.
In the painting “Donna Velata” the painter put all his love and admiration for the girl who became his last love. With great trepidation, he was able to convey the freshness and charm inherent in youth. The big eyes of the heroine radiate softness and radiance. Glance devoid of pretense and slightly embarrassed.
Peach blush and velvety light skin give the girl an image of tenderness and purity. Her puffy lips, coral in color, are tightly compressed, but in the very corners of her mouth a slight shadow of a smile slips.
The girl’s clothes are made of luxurious fabric with a rich finish. A thin canvas of olive color, covering smooth dark hair underneath, frames her face, falls onto her shoulders. The long neck and sloping shoulders of the young Italian woman are decorated with a necklace of precious stones.
The manner in which Rafael Santi performed this picture was completely unusual for him. She has such traits as conciseness. The artist managed to concentrate the attention of the viewer on the image of a young beauty, avoiding small details and making the background plain and monotonous.
The fate of the picture was not known for some time. Only in 1839, when the experts established with whose hand it was written, it began to be stored in the Museum of Florence.
Picture Sosnovy Bor Shishkin