Re: Ermine and cats
> > Aparently the ermine was a heraldic figure of Lodovica (the ladyLudovico
> > purported t be his mistress) and the ermine istelf is loaded down
> > with being a symbol of purity.
> Not quite. The lady in question, Cecilia Gallarani, was indeed
> Sforza's mistress. The ermine is allegedly a caricature ofLudovico himself, and
> the one full face portrait I've seen of him does bear a startlingresemblance
> to the ermine.heh, I wrote it at night, I meant Lodovico, not Gallarani.
The other theory is the ermine is visual pun on her surname, with the
Greek name (I think, much has happened in the time since I posted)
for ermine... it was in one of those links I posted last time.
I'd have said that was taking it a bit far, but then this is Leonardo
we are talking about as the artist;) Not sure how good his Greek was