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Raffaello Sanzio, also known as Raphael, was one of the most celebrated Renaissance painters of all time. Born in 1483 at Lucca, Italy, was a child of Giovanni Santi, who was able to allow his son to be the apprentice of Pietro Perugino, in the city of Umbria.
In his career, he became a great master painter and architect, absorbing ideas and being influenced by other great artists from the XVI century, like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. He was a person of extraordinary talent, admired for the ease of composition, the clarity of form, and the ideal of human greatness.
His journey can be divided into three phases: the first one, in his early years, while he was Perugino's apprentice after his mother died. The second phase, until 1508, where he enhanced his skill set by learning the artistic traditions of Florence, and the final and most magnificent stage in Rome, when Popes Julius II and Leo X commissioned him, while he painted the famous "Raphael Rooms" or "Stanze," in the Vatican.
La Velata, or La Donna Velata, is a perfect example of the madonnas made by Raphael. Made with astonishing details in the cloth and the usage of the sfumato technique developed by Leonardo Da Vinci, perfected later by Sanzio, present us with the painting of Margherita Luti, also known as The Fornarina. She was said to be a friend of Raphael, but that was not clear. He was engaged at the time with Maria Bibbiena, and some say that the painter's romantic life was too mysterious and prolific and that Margherita was his true love. Others say that the woman is painted with a veil because they were married.
Raphael used the same face for the Sistine Madonna and The Madonna of the Chair. On the painting The Fornarina, he used someone very similar to La Velata but wearing only a shroud over the lower half of her body, reinforcing the rumors about what Margherita was for him.
The woman with the veil is the meaning of the painting in English. In this fantastic piece, we can see the astounding talent that Raphael had. The painting shows us the perfect choice of colors, attention with the details of the expression of the madonna, the vibrant strokes on the sleeve, and the contrast that is so characteristic of his work.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Donna Velata 1516, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Donna Velata 1516 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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