lady with an ermine

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with the Ermine), about 1488

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” is a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani. She ended up being the mistress of da Vinci’s boss, the Duke of Milan. Although she had his child, they didn’t end up together. I guess when you’re responsible for commissioning The Last Supper and making weapons with 80 tons of bronze that was supposed to be used for your own equestrian statue…you gotta go with someone more noble.

Probably why that ermine-ferret-thing looks so awful.


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