The Lady with the Ermine is one of -in total- four women portraits of Leonardo DaVinci and got produced during the years of 1488 and 1490.The young woman you see is Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of the former duke of Milan. But this has never been her only role – she was well known as one of the most beautiful and talented poets of her time.
Originally, this piece of art was a remittance work, which the Duke wanted to get produced.
…But there is still the question of what is has to do with the ermine on the woman’s arm.?! – Actually, Leonardo DaVinci clearly and specifically alludes to the duke, whose nickname was The White Ermine.
To let you face Cecilia’s smile, producer Nora Bork was using the stop-motion technique.
Stop Motion Animation is a technique used in animation to bring static objects to life on screen. This is done by moving the object in increments while filming a frame per increment. When all the frames are played in sequence it shows movement.
Nora Borks’ video is a nice example of how mediatization and technization can be used to bring us closer to artworks. In this case, it is about the creation of a new possibility to directly interact with the art piece. This new access is in addition a clever way to trigger the viewers mind and let him create stories about this mystical young woman with the Ermine on her arm.