Love Story

In our digressions from politics, we’ve occasionally written about art, as in this post about Raphael. Raphael is in the news again, as scholars claim to have uncovered details of his secret love affair with the daughter of a baker. If, like me, you think that the Renaissance artists were among the most interesting people in world history, you may enjoy the story. The woman in question, who apparently entered a convent after Raphael’s death at age 37, is shown below in a painting called Fornarina:
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