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La belle Ferroniere c. 1490

La belle Ferroniere, painted around 1490, has long been the subject of controversy over whether it should be attributed to Leonard Da Vinci himself or to one of his pupils or apprentice. Yet whether it was painted by the master himself or under his tutelage it remains a monumental work of high-Renaissance painting – refined, impeccably balanced, and rich in personality. The idiosyncratic hint of movement that follows between the woman's head, shoulders, and eyes, ensures that the work must have emerged through Da Vinci's influence, yet the difficulty in establishing the identity of the subject means it is not possible to declare with conviction that it is of Da Vinci's hand. It is possible that the painting is a reproduction of the likeness of Cecilia Gallerani, the favourite mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan and the subject of Leonardo Da Vinci's earlier 1489 painting Lady with an Ermine. The direct gaze of the unknown woman suggests a deep relationship between the subject and the audience, adding a deep and rich personality, and indeed a vulnerability, to the sitter.

Currently housed at the Musée du Louvre, La belle Ferroniere is also simply known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman. The title of the painting, first given at least a century after Da Vinci's death, identifies the sitter as the wife or daughter of an ironmonger. Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine, has also been known by this name. Still shrouded in mystery, La belle Ferroniere was recently the centrepiece of the National Gallery's groundbreaking 'Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' exhibition. Yet whether the painting was a combined effort, or the work of an apprentice working to Da Vinci's direction, La belle Ferroniere is a majestic and monumental reproduction of a female sitter, and a symbol of the emerging ideas of the Renaissance.

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La belle Ferroniere c. 1490 Leonardo Da Vinci

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