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Looking Through The Eyes Of The Faultless Painter

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Andrea del Sarto's title in Browning's eyes should be considered “the faultless painter”. For del Sarto, capturing something beautiful is worth almost anything. But del Sarto finds himself trapped between two identities: That of a husband to his wife, and that of an artist to his patrons. Andrea del Sarto recognizes that his work as a painter often distances him from his wife, but he also recognizes that his love for his wife has reduced his capability to paint subjects as they are. Of course, del Sarto himself is presenting only his side of the story, that of a man who is trying to support his wife with his work; it would be interesting to see Lucrezia's side of the tale. What is fascinating is that del Sarto's world view and explanation of his life, the narrative of his existence, seems to be totally sincerely held, yet it is also in many ways deeply contradictory: Resentful and loving, taking responsibility and passing on responsibility. In this sense, del Sarto's monolog is clearly a sincerely held view of the world, but is precisely the kind of view that a real person holds: Filled with inaccuracies and competing self-images.
One of the crucial clues to the meaning of the poem is the superlative that Andrea del Sarto has earned: “Faultless Painter”. Del Sarto has interpreted this vision of himself to mean that he has managed to be technically perfect but emotionally limited, yet that superlative doesn't seem to just point to a flawless technician. Del Sarto has apparently achieved notoriety in his life, yet he is still unsatisfied with his work. In del Sarto's worldview, his wife has made it so that he is only technically proficient, not emotionally proficient. But it is quite clear that del Sarto is actually deeply emotional, not just about his love for his wife but about many other topics. Del Sarto seems to be an artist with fastidious attention, so the reader is left unsure as to whether del Sarto is right about his self-assessment. It must be equal parts a painter's desire to see even greater heights than what he has achieved and his own honest assessment of his work. It would be just like a painter to be told that he was perfect and try to look for the hidden meaning of that compliment that would say that he was not.
Del Sarto does have a muse. He states, “You smile? why, there's my picture ready made, / There's what we painters call our harmony!” With the inspiration of his wife's smile, he is prepared to act. Del Sarto's dilemma is that his muse makes his work singular. He cannot paint women accurately, for he is only always reminded of his wife's face. But if this was true, then he would not be faultless: He would not have translated the portrait perfectly. And his emotional content is unquestionable: A man of superficiality would not have made a statement as profound and rich with meaning as this. Del Sarto seems to be an imperfect man because he cannot trust his choice to love his wife and have that be his meaning when he hears...

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