Canvas “Donna Velata” famous painter Rafael Santi wrote during the heyday of his work. At that time he was 32 years old. In his art, he departed from the theme of religion and subjects 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 pictured girl is Margarita Luthi, a young daughter of a simple baker. The artist was madly in love with her. He offered the future father-in-law a big ransom to marry her. After the wedding, the couple did not live long, although they loved each other very much. After 6 years, Rafael died, and Margarita went to the monastery and remained faithful to her husband until the end of his days.
The painter put all his love and admiration for the girl who became his last love into the painting “Donna Velat”. With great trepidation, he was able to convey the freshness and charm inherent in youth. The heroine’s large eyes radiate softness and radiance. Look deprived of pretense and slightly embarrassed.
Peach blush and velvety light skin give the image of the girl tenderness and purity. Her plump, coral-colored lips are tightly compressed, but in the very corners of her mouth a slight shadow of a smile slips.
The clothes of the girl are made of luxurious fabric with a rich finish. A thin olive-colored canvas, covering under her smooth dark hair, frames her face, falls on her shoulders. A necklace of precious stones adorns the long neck and sloping shoulders of a young Italian.
The manner in which Rafael Santi executed this picture was completely uncharacteristic for him. She has such features as conciseness. The artist managed to concentrate the viewer’s attention on the image of a young beauty, avoiding small details and making the background plain and monotonous.
The fate of the picture for some time was not known. Only in 1839 the canvas, when experts established whose hand it was written, was stored in the Museum of Florence.