Leonardo Da Vinci the inventor, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, geologist, artist (the list goes on and on) is renowned for works such as the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and of course The Vitruvian Man. But recently this week it has been revealed that his painting Lady With An Ermine is not what it seems.
Da Vinci’s 1489 painting depicts a women – Cecilia Gallerani, who was the mistress of Leonardo’s employer, Ludovico Sforza – holding a white stoat which was also known as an ermine at the time.
But this picture has recently gone under some closer examinations, and shows that the image we see today was not the original image on the painting. Engineer Pascal Cotte has spend the last three years analyzing Lady With An Ermine and used reflective light technology to reveal some never before seen images.
Cotte has revealed that the picture was originally painted without the furry little animal and just Gallerani as the main and only subject. Their is also a second version of the painting where the ermine is first show but with grey darker hair and a skinnier disposition (see images above). Da Vinci experts have labelled this find as ‘thrilling’ and hope to find out much more about his work with this newly found technology.