Wednesday, 2 July 2008
The Lass with the Ferret
I've been asked about the lady who graces my side bar. The painting is by Leonardo da Vinci and is called "Lady with Ermine". The furry mammal is quite clearly a ferret so the painting is misnamed. Personally I think it is a brilliant portrait, the sitter is decidedly enigmatic, beautiful and lively. What is all the fuss over the Mona Lisa?
The painting is on my side bar because I like it, the same reason Zurbaran's pots grace the top of the blog. I make no claims about knowing anything about the sitter, Wiki has some possible answers.
Incidentally ferrets are brilliant little animals, but you have to give them the stimulation you would provide a dog, they can not be treated like rabbits and left in cages. In fact, let them do what they were bred to do and snuff out rabbits, they are efficient little hunters and do the job far better than traps or poison. They have more personality than cats and are less vain and selfish.
Just promise me, if you ever own a ferret, NEVER dress it up.