Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine)

By Leonardo da Vinci SKU:15007

Leonardo da Vinci's Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, painted in 1489-1490, is a truly exceptional artwork. Also known as Lady with an Ermine, this portrait captures the elegance and allure of Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. What makes this painting special is Leonardo's ability to convey the sitter's inner emotions through her intense gaze and subtle expression. The inclusion of the ermine, symbolizing purity, further adds to the painting's symbolic depth. With its masterful execution and captivating portrayal, the Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani stands as a testament to Leonardo's artistic genius and remains a celebrated masterpiece.

55 cm

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Title: “Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani: The Enchanting Lady with an Ermine”
Year Painted: 1489-1490

Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, commonly known as Lady with an Ermine, is a masterpiece that continues to captivate art enthusiasts. Painted between 1489 and 1490, this portrait is a testament to Leonardo’s extraordinary talent and artistic vision.

Cecilia Gallerani, the subject of the painting, was the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. The portrait showcases her beauty, grace, and enigmatic charm. What sets this artwork apart is Leonardo’s ability to capture the essence of Cecilia’s character through her gaze and expression. Her eyes exude a sense of introspection, while her delicate smile hints at hidden emotions, leaving viewers intrigued and fascinated.

The inclusion of the ermine in the painting holds symbolic significance. The ermine, a small white mammal with black-tipped fur, symbolizes purity and virtue. By presenting Cecilia holding the ermine, Leonardo emphasizes her noble qualities and moral integrity, elevating her status beyond a mere mistress.

Leonardo’s artistic technique further enhances the painting’s allure. His mastery of light and shadow creates a three-dimensional effect, giving depth and dimension to the figure. The attention to detail is exquisite, evident in the intricately rendered fabrics and the ermine’s soft fur. Leonardo’s meticulous brushstrokes breathe life into the portrait, capturing the subtleties of Cecilia’s features with remarkable precision.

The Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani not only showcases Leonardo’s technical skill but also highlights his ability to convey emotion and evoke a sense of intimacy. It is a testament to his mastery of portraiture, where each stroke of the brush reveals layers of personality and depth. The painting is a window into Cecilia’s world, inviting viewers to contemplate her thoughts and feelings.

This artwork’s significance extends beyond its artistic excellence. It serves as a glimpse into the cultural and social milieu of Renaissance Italy. The painting exemplifies the patronage of the powerful and influential, reflecting the societal dynamics of the time.

In conclusion, Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, painted in 1489-1490, is a remarkable masterpiece that encapsulates the beauty and intrigue of its subject. Through Leonardo’s artistic genius and meticulous attention to detail, the painting transcends time, leaving a lasting impression on those who have the privilege of beholding it. The Lady with an Ermine stands as a testament to Leonardo’s unrivaled skill as a portraitist and remains an enduring symbol of Renaissance art.

Original size:
39 x 54 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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