Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Raphael's La Donna Velata

This portrait, La Donna Velata, by Raphael is a figment of the male artist's imagination. It is possibly Raphael's idea of beauty at the time.  Raphael transformed her into a symbol of mind, fertility, and beauty. I noticed while looking at a bunch of Rapael's portraits that the women all appear the same. They have long necks and bland facial expressions. I am not a fan of his portraits, but this one was my favorite because of her beautiful dress. I appreciate the textures of the material and his important detail while painting this portrait. All of his paintings are dark, but I like how she is highlighted off of the dark background.

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