Face of Cecilia Gallerani, famous Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo painted at the end of '400

Face of Cecilia Gallerani, famous Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo painted at the end of '400

Cecilia Gallerani, the pretty girl immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci perhaps in 1489 (the date is uncertain), known in art history as The lady the ermine, sports a sophisticated hairstyle worth analyzing closely.

Milanese of good family, at the time of the painting just fifteen and lover of the much more mature (ultratrentenne) Ludovico Sforza, the girl he was portrayed with a combing “the Spanish“, but revisited according the exquisite taste Lombard, whose regional capital, even then, She laid down the law in terms of fashion (and not only).

The brown hair and perfectly smooth the girl are divided at the top of the head from a central line from which unfold two bands adhering collected on the back from a queue (“coazzone” in Milan), in turn tucked in “braided”, or a sheath that served to retain and hair braiding; the lock on the right, passed under the chin, un'estrosità was quite in vogue at the time.

On the top of the head of Cecilia is clearly visible a headset thin and transparent with the hem embroidered which comes to touch the eyebrows, in turn retained by a “fishing line“, or a strip that surrounds the front and fastens at the back; this strip could be metal or fabric and is often closed with a jewel.

While women's fashion, in certain places in Italy, often he showed, the late fifteenth century, excessive and brazen, it is certain that Gallerani, Also supported by the natural beauty and the young age, It was distinguished by elegance and simplicity (Photo gives: it.wikipedia.org).