A wonderful combination. Using the right type and right amount and right dilution, vetiver (that sultry, earthy, wild, and dominant part) becomes positively docile, sweet, and innocent…almost fruity in the presence of three vanillas (dry, fat, and sweet). It’s like the renewal of its virginity.
The story around this painting by Raphael is that the young lady was to be betrothed to a gentleman of a good family. Something happened (probably the political benefits of the union were less desirable after some circumstance). The young lady had lived in the groom’s court and was sent home when the engagement was dissolved. Rumors swirled around her, some said that she gave her innocence to the would-be groom! This picture shows a very serious and unhappy looking nubile young woman with a baby unicorn snuggled in her arm. Since unicorns will only consort with pure human virgins, this is an allusion to the sitter being virgo intacto despite what ugly gossips might spread about.