Lady with an Ermine, c.1489-1494
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-
oil on wood
Czartoyski Museum, Krakoq, Poland
The Mona Lisa is uber well-known, but Lady with an Ermine may not be as familiar to everyone. Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, 15 year old mistress of Ludovico Sforza, patron of da Vinci. Galle = ermine, the ermine is also the heraldic animal of Ludovico il Moro.
Such a wonderful portrait.