Raphael's Amasia, commonly called La Fornarina, (painting)
Raphael b. 1483
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 51
"No. 49.--Raphael's Amasia, commonly called La Fornarina. The history of this person, to whom Raphael was attached even to his death, is obscure, . . . In the Tribune, at Florence, there is a portrait, inscribed with the date 1512, . . . which is said to represent her. . . . The ornaments heightened with gold and the gold lights in the hair are peculiar: still it has been doubted whether this picture is by Raphael, and whether it represents the Fornarina. At least it bears no resemblance to the second picture of the Fornarina in the Barberini Palace in Rome, which bears the name of Raphael on the armlet, . . . In this, the figure is seated, and uncovered to the waist, she draws a light drapery around her; a shawl is twisted round the head. . . . There are some repetitions of this picture from the school of Raphael, in Roman galleries. According to an hypothesis of Missirini, the picture first was painted by Sebastian del Piombo, after Michael Angelo, and represents Vittonia Colonna, Marchesa di Pescara, the friend of Michael Angelo." This picture . . . has the name Giulio Romano, abbreviated, on the back; it is, probably, therefore, one of the repetitions alluded to above; . . ." [Pp. 16-18; see entry 01600029 for a note on the artist.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.