La Fornarina
Directed byEnrico Guazzoni
Written byTullio Gramantieri
Alberto Casella
Giorgio Pastina
Tomaso Smith
Story byTullio Gramantieri
Sem Benelli
StarringLída Baarová
CinematographyGiuseppe La Torre
Music byEzio Carabella
Giuseppe Savagnone
Release date
  • October 1944 (1944-10)

La Fornarina (i.e. "The baker's daughter") is a 1944 Italian historical drama film directed by Enrico Guazzoni and starring Lída Baarová. It is loosely based on real life events of Raphael's model Margarita Luti.[1][2]


Renaissance Rome: the young painter Raffaello Sanzio meets Margherita, a girl of the people, makes her his model for the painting "La fornarina", becomes her lover and will live with her. The girl will also inspire some Madonnas, but this relationship arouses the jealousies of a beautiful aristocrat who secretly orders the kidnapping of the girl. Raphael falls into a state of prostration and does everything to track down Margherita; but when he finds it again it is too late because, undermined in physical and moral, he undergoes a collapse that leads to his death, on the very day of the Good Friday procession.



  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. ^ Indro Montanelli (20 January 1946). "La Fornarina (review)". Corriere d'informazione. No. 19.