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Monday, 28 April 2014

Lady with An Ermine.

28 th April 2014

She was well-educated, liked to read poetry, was interested in arts. She also liked music, played the lute and sang beautifully. When her portrait was painted, Cecillia Gallerini was staying at he court of Duke Lodovico Sforza. This beautiful seventeen -year-old girl has given her ducal lover two good-looking sons. After the love was over, her lover gave her the girl a generous dowry. He found her husband and donated the dal Verne Palace. She passed away in 1536 at aged 68.

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was for long years part of the family collections.  The painting on chestnut wood ( 54,8 cmx40.3 ) was purchased by Adam Czartoryski in 1800 as a gift for his mother Izabella nee Fleming. Today the masterpiece requires a visit to the Czrtoryski Museum in Cracow.

The Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci./

The  most famous resident in Cracow

A date with this Lady requires a trip to Cracow.


  1. I've heard of an ermine fur coat, but I have never bothered to find out what an ermine is.

    1. In the past ermine fur coats were in fashion but currently only ecological coats made of fur are fashionable

  2. That is very interesting. I do like the frame around the portrait.

    1. It's a real masterpiece especially if you can see it personally.