Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Raphael's La Fornarina

Rome, November 2009. At Palazzo Barberni, you can see the original La Fornarina, (baker's daughter), oil, by Raphael. I did this small watercolor "Raphael's La Fornarina", (6x4", 15x10cm.) in my travelling journal, right there in front of the original painting. I wonder if her father, the baker, knew what she and Raphael were up to, in 1518. She's very expressive, and sexually inviting. This image has inspired many artists, including Goya and Ingres, who even imitated the style of her headgear. Like an odalisque, the artist's mistress is wearing a bracelet on her upper arm, inscribed with his name: "Raphael Urbinas".

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