Leonardo da Vinci 'Lady with an Ermine' entrance ticket
Attractions & guided tours

Leonardo da Vinci 'Lady with an Ermine' entrance ticket

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Validity: Flexible
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Do this because
  • See one of the most famous masterpieces of Da Vinci
  • Marvel at the light and shadow effects of the woman's face and the background
  • Note the three-quarter profile, completely innovative for its time
What to expect

The "Lady with an Ermine" was painted by Leonardo da Vinci around 1489–1490 and is now one of Poland's most precious national treasures. The subject of the portrait is Cecilia Gallerani, painted at a time when she was the mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Leonardo was in the service of the duke. The painting is one of only four portraits of women painted by Leonardo considered by many to be the most beautiful. The portrait embodies the Renaissance idea of an image as an illusion of natural vitality. The artist managed to achieve this thanks to his knowledge of anatomy and his skill with light features, which enabled him to create a three-dimensional human figure on the image plane. The original background, which was over-painted with black in the 19th century, was also modeled with light just like the figure, which must have given the impression of the model emerging from the shadows. The painting was purchased ca. 1800 in Italy, by Adam Jerzy, the son of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, and donated to the Museum in Pulawy. The portrait became the property of the Republic of Poland in 2016

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What's included
  • Entrance to the palace
Reduced price
  • Infants (age 0-5): free admission
Where

ul. Pijarska 15, 31-015 Krakow

When
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability

  • You can use the ticket within the museum's opening hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00am-5.00pm

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Provider
Discover Cracow
Booking fee
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Cancellation policy
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