Legacy of Love
Ilse Oelbers (1964 - )
Inspiration: Leonardo Da Vinci's painting: Lady with an Ermine. Da Vinci made this painting of Cecilia Gallerani, the youngest mistress of the Duke of Milan, Sforza. She lived at court, as did Da Vinci. The painting, which was made in 1489, was commissioned by the duke.
The ermine in the portrait represents cleanliness and is part of the duke's coat of arms. It indicated that Cecilia played an important role in the court. This strong young woman held one of the first art salons at court to which she invited artists, philosophers and poets.