Lady With An Ermine is one of Leonardo’s most famous paintings. Mostly because nobody knows what the fuck an ermine is. Learn why this painting has been called “first modern portrait” – and why a silly Polish aristocrat ruined it.
During his 20 years in Milan, Leonardo only finished three lousy paintings. Two of them are murals. Only one is in a frame – VIRGIN OF THE ROCKS. He liked it so much, he painted it again, 25 years later. Well…. There’s a little more to the story, actually.
Taking a short break from Leonardo, our guest today is Julia Charity, an official Vatican tour guide! Julia, who originally hails from the UK, tells us how she ended up as a Vatican tour guide and about some of her favourite art on display in the Pope’s fortress, including “The Last Judgment” by Michelangelo, the “Transfiguration” by her “Renaissance husband”, Raphael, and the Borgia Apartments.