Da Vinci's Lady With An Ermine in London's National Gallery

 

Leonardo da Vinci, "Lady with an Ermine", 1483-1490, from the exhibition at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, 2010, photo by Mariusz Grzelak/SE/East News

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "Lady with an Ermine" from the collection of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation is on show at Britain's National Portrait Gallery

"Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan" is the most complete overview yet of rarely shown paintings by the Italian master. The exhibition brings paintings from various collections around the world, on loan from international galleries such as the Louvre in Paris as well as Rome, Krakow, St. Petersburg and Milan, where the artist served as court painter in the 1480s and 1490s, to date they have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition includes nine of Leonardo's 15 known paintings. The works are estimated to be worth a combined $2 billion.

Unlike many exhibitions which celebrate Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, scienist and draftsman, the London show focuses on his painting techniques, his skill as a painter. In particular the curators placed emphasis on the work he produced as a court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan (1452-1508). The preparation of the exhibition was inspired by the restoration of the painting "The Virgin of the Rocks", from the collection of London's National Gallery. 

"Lady with an Ermine" from the collection of the Czartoryski Museum in Kraków is the only da Vinci in any Polish collection and is one of the artist’s most valuable masterpieces. Painted with oil and tempera on a panel in the years 1483-1490, shows most likely the Duke of Milan's Lodovico Sforz’s mistress Cecilia Gallerani (1473 – 1536). The London exhibition ends the ongoing tour for several months of the "Lady" in European museums. Returning from Madrid's Royal Palace ("Poland, Treasures and Artistic Exhibitions") and Berlin's Bode-Museum ("Renaissance Faces. Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture"). The masterpiece will not be released for an extended time from the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow. It will instead serve as the subject of a research project on its origins.

Once the painting was released by the Princes Czartoryski foundation earlier this year and permission given to it to travel, the "Lady" became one of the focal pieces in the Golden Age of the Polish Republic exhibition in Madrid in the summer of 2011 - a major point on the cultural calendar accompanying Poland's EU Presidency. 

Read more: "Da Vinci's "Lady With An Ermine" Free To Travel" and Da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" Among Poland's "Treasures"

"Lady with an Ermine" is featured alongside "La Belle Ferronière" (Musée du Louvre, Paris), "Madonna Litta" (Hermitage, St. Petersburg), "Portrait of a Musician" (Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan) and "Saint Jerome" (Vatican, Rome).

The exhibition opens on the 9th of November 2011 and runs until the 5th of Febuary 2012.

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Source: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/leonardo-da-vinci-painter-at-the-court-of-milan

Rate:
(106 votes)
Lodz panorama, April 2014, photo. by Michał Tuliński / Forum

Lodz will be the first Polish city to take part in the Beit Project – a socio-educational program of the European Union that helps transform public space into...

Kuba Woźniczka, Rafał Specylak, "Black Cube House", residential building, Wrocław, 2012, photo: promotional material

Wallpaper, a prestigious magazine of architecture, design, and fashion, has revealed its list of the world’s most promising architects – the Architects...

Julita Wójcik’s „Rainbow” on Savior Square, Warsaw, photo. by Adam Stępień / Agencja Gazeta


The Rainbow first appeared on Warsaw's Plac Zbawiciela in June 2012. By the end of 2015, the agreement between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the city of...

Małgorzata Szumowska has been awarded the Brussels Film Festival's Jury Award for her film “Body”. The main award, the Golden Iris, went to the German film “...

Through the lens of Aleksandra Łogusz the capital looks majestic and sometimes surprising. Łogusz, who is also known as Blogusz, is one of the hottest blogging...

  •  
  • 1 of 515

Museum at Tykocin

Culture.pl won the Guarantee of Culture Award in the on-line culture category.

The pre-war Baltic sea, the legendary ocean liner Batory and millions of emigrant stories in one place. The historic building of the Marine Station in Gdynia...

Parochial Museum

The Old Parish [Gallery-Museum]

  •  
  • 1 of 386

The culinary tastes of the generations born in the PPR (the Polish People’s Republic) were shaped mostly by canteen food and home cooking, which was based on...

Throughout centuries, Poland has been populated by very diverse ethnicities and linguistic groups, all of which have left a mark. Here's a look at some of the...

Judas Priest, British Steel, cover art: Rosław Szaybo

Vinyl records combine visual art with musical mastery - and aficionados take interest in both. Here's a compilation of the most recognized album art created by...

Culture.pl presents a guide of a phantom city - a Warsaw that no longer exists.

Andrzej Wajda during a rehearsal of "The Possessed" according to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1971, Teatr Stary in Krakow, photo: Wojciech Plewiński / Forum

Forty years since it irreversibly altered the Polish theatre scene, Wajda's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "The Possesed" resurfaces on the small screen. "The...

  •  
  • 1 of 515