Year of creation - 1841. It is stored in the Museum of Art at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
The canvas was painted during the life of Ingres in Rome, when his style was already fully formed. The double portrait shows: another famous Renaissance painter, Rafael Santi and his lover Margherita Luti, nicknamed Fornarina because of her father, a baker by profession (in Italian “fornaio”). There are two versions of the relationship of the couple: it was great and pure love; the girl was infidelity, and only the artist was completely in love with her until her death.
The theme "artist-model" was very popular in the XIX century. A female image that can be traced in facial features, hair and headdress; the characteristic face of the man was borrowed from Raphael's works “Portrait of a Young Woman, or Fornarin” (1518-1519) - in the unfinished form it is also shown here on the easel - and “Self-portrait” (1506), respectively. Jean Auguste applied a rather interesting trick, because in fact the viewer here sees Marguerite three times - “live”, on a sketch and a finished picture in the background. However, it is still not known for certain whether this lady actually existed.
The lovers are in a richly decorated art workshop, the mosaic floor is painted in detail, a patterned carpet, probably marble walls, a velvet chair, a piece of the Italian city is visible behind a large window with columns. Also, special attention is paid to clothing - the folds of a dark green softly shining dress and a black and red cloak. The genius with a brush in his hand seems to be comparing the drawing with the original in her arms, and she only smiles indulgently, realizing her power over him.
It should be noted the composition, realism and original approach of the creator to almost legendary history, perfectly balanced on diagonals with light and dark spots.
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