28/10/2022 08:44 PM | Click to read full article
Some 530 years ago, a young Italian woman not much older than a girl, sat for her portrait. It was a customary practice in Europe to commission a noblewoman’s portrait in anticipation of marriage, marriage being a transactional event with political or monetary value. She is known simply as Lady with an Ermine. The year she was painted is believed to be 1490, though even that date is disputable.