After "The Lady with the Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci
Beautiful , he calls her, as a flower and wants her with him all ways, finds gifts to delight her-- French passamenterie for her gown, the velvet mantle with red-slashed sleeves, a new viola da mano , perhaps, from Brescia-- confines her lightly as the net holding the hair to her temples, sheathing the luster only he may unbraid. He is Ludovico Sforza, Il Moro . Look how she wears him about her neck-- a string of polished jet. And he is called L 'Ermilio , too--see the ermine she caresses, fierce and priapic, he strength of her (oversized you think?) hands. Does she boast she holds him, owns him, carries his child? Who does she see in the distance? And why does she look so sad? Long after the indolent hours of posing, after Sforza leaves her (before the portrait is dry) to marry Ferrara's pale daugther, and after Leonardo is reassigned to engineer the nuptial celebrations, and after the bride dies in childbirth and Cecilia confides in her letter, you would not recognize me today , the painting--long forgotten-- is sent to Cracow, where Delacroix (who knows pourquoi ?) blackens the background, covering the window over her shoulder, so we'll never know what she and Leonardo saw.
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|Author:||Ryan, Joan Roberta|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2017|
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