On Show in Berlin til 31st October – Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine’ (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani – from Wikipedia -National Museum, Kraków
Thousands of art enthusiasts lined-up on Thursday outside Berlin’s Gemaldegalerie to see the portrait of ‘Cecilia Gallerani’ otherwise known as ‘Frau mit Hermelin’ or ‘Lady with an Ermine’ – which is just one of many portraits on view at a special exhibit of Renaissance art at Berlin’s Bode Museum.
This work was painted by the great Italian renaisance genius Leonardo da Vinci who was also; sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. [!]
The mastepiece painting known as “Lady with an Ermine”, a portrait of the young woman Cecilia Gallerani with a white ermine or mink in her arms, is the centre-piece or crowd-drawer of the “Renaissance Faces” exhibition at Berlin’s Bode Museum.
Painted around the year 1490, this masterpiece is very much similar to the Mona Lisa and among the few portraits of women that Da Vinci ever completed. and both possess that slightly mysterious smile.
However much more is known about the subject in this painting than in the Mona Lisa, which was evan lately conjectured to have not been a woman at all but a man, namely his gay lover!http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-mona-lisa-man,0,2194946.story
We do know for certain that the girl in this painting was the 16-yr old Cecilia Gallerani was the favorite mistress of a [lucky!] Italian Duke and known for her intelligence and music talent and apparently loved of animals.
This great work of art has been kindly loaned by the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow, Poland and has been singled out for special treatment at this show. This painting is not ‘new’ to Berlin where it hung after being stolen by the Nazis in 1939 in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum , until it was returned back to Krakow by the victorious Red Army after the war.
It has been slightly removed from the others in this Berlin exhibit almost in its own alcove set back from the public’s reach and given a very special position befitting such a masterpiece.
The exhibit highlites the evolution of Renaissance portraiture and provides art viewers a close and intimate look at some great examples like the da Vinci portraits but also includes works from other renowned Italian masters like Gentile Bellini and Sandro Botticelli.
This current show, includes more than 150 paintings, drawings and medals of Renaissance artists is part of a joint exhibition of Berlin’s Gemaldegalerie and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and will stay in Berlin until October 31st whereupon it will then depart for the London National Gallery.
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Berliners in line-up to see Da Vinci’s portrait – “Renaissance Faces” the rebirth of portraiture in the 15th century exhibition at Berlin’s Bode Museum – until Oct. 31st from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.
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