Raphael: Portrait of Young Woman with Unicorn (1506)

(Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy)

A beautiful portrait by the Italian artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known a Raphael. The identity of the young woman, and the client for whom the work was done, are both unknown. The unicorn itself is a symbol for of purity. Some people have suggested that this is a portrait of a woman who is about to get married. Reasons for this are the unicorn (in medieval times people though that only a virgin could tame an unicorn). Furthermore on her pendant she wears a pearl, something that a married woman would wear. Notice also the small part of golden hair accessory in the middle of her blond hair. Painting from 1506.