We must pay tribute to the heroine of the portrait (da Vinci, if only someone will not paint) - she managed to establish good relations with the wife of Ludovic Sforzo and her family. And not in vain, for the ways of the Lord are inscrutable. In her marriage, she became a mother four more times, giving birth to four sons to her legal spouse. However, the fate of Cecilia did not become the usual Kinder-Kuche-Kirche for medieval ladies. She was famous for her erudition, was one of the first in Europe to run a literary salon, and wrote and recited poems in Italian and Latin.
In 1499, the French king Louis XII captures Milan. On the side of Sforzo, Swiss mercenaries are fighting, who, in exchange for the promised unhindered return home by the French, give them their employer. Ludovico Sforzo was put in a massive and impregnable castle on the Loire River, where he spent his last days (and this is no less than 8 years of life).
Cecilia also suffers losses during the war - her husband dies, and she herself loses her estate. The sister of Ludovic Sforzo's wife, Isabella d, will shelter the homeless Cecilia.'Este-that's what it means to be on good terms with everyone. Fate smiled on the heroine of the portrait - after the war, she managed to return the estate, where Gallerani lived quietly and happily until the age of 63 (for the Middle Ages - the age of a long-lived woman).
Leonardo da Vinci was personally acquainted with Cecilia Gallerani. At one time, he was in the service of the Duke of Sforzo as an architect and engineer. The great master captured and transmitted the image of the count's beloved with an ermine in her hands. Thus giving the viewer an allusion to the duke, whose nickname - 'ermine' (Greek: GALE) - is associated with the surname Gallerani.
The painting 'The Lady with the Ermine' today has the status of the most valuable work of art stored in Poland. The painting is in the collection of the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow. The 'Lady' was purchased by Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski in Italy and brought to Poland for his mother in 1800.
The pearl of world painting is immortalized on postal blocks, envelopes of the first day, hitches and stamps of different countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Bulgaria,