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The painting was painted in a typical Renaissance style. The picture shows a girl holding a small unicorn in her hands. From ancient times, the unicorn was considered a symbol of purity, purity. Legends say that only a virgin can tame a raging unicorn.
Raphael Santi's painting depicts a plot that was widely popular in those days. It has been reflected in numerous works of Renaissance art.
In the center of the canvas we see a young girl, depicted waist-high. The portrait is typical for that time - the girl sits against the backdrop of nature, visible from behind the columns of the castle. She is wearing a wide beautiful dress made of golden and burgundy fabric. The dress has a wide and deep neckline, but in proportion to the figures of the Renaissance, the girl has overly sloping shoulders and a completely flat chest.
An unusual pendant on the neck of a girl, consisting of a leather lace and a large burgundy stone, most likely a ruby.
The girl has light waxy skin, it is almost transparent. The girl’s hair is blond, neatly put in her hair, but the length of the hair is visible. Hair curly slightly. Blonde hair is another symbol of integrity.
The girl’s face is impartial. It is impossible to guess a single emotion on a frozen face. At the same time, she looks as if reproachfully at the viewer. Her lips are firmly pursed - she is confident in the situation. Her face is calm and not a shadow of doubt.
The unicorn in her arms is calm and pleased. His mouth is half open, his eyes are looking to the right. The absence of a horn would make this mythical creature look like a unicorn.
In this picture, Rafael Santi praised the miracle of purity, the charm and purity of this state. In the Renaissance, virginity was considered a force that gives some special, magical properties to a woman. The girl in the picture is pleased with her position, she enjoys her power to command over the unicorn.
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