©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2021

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2021

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This illusion is based on a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in about 1490.  The painting is one of only four female portraits painted by Leonardo. It is usually in The Princes Czartoryski Museum, Kraków, Poland. It was on display in the Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition in London from November 2011 to February 2012.

The full effect of an illusion can only be seen when it is moving, or you are moving round it. When you look from directly in front you will only see stripes.

The illusion could be used as a wall-hanging or as the centre of a bed cover.

Some years after finishing Lady with an Ermine, we modelled the head, from the pattern, using Lego Digital Designer, as an example of how the modelling program can be used. We also produced a free pattern for the head for anyone who would like to make a smaller illusion. It would be suitable as a small cushion.

The head on the right was knitted with crochet cotton so is really much smaller than the other. We do not recommend black and white for illusions as the contrast in the colours is often too stark

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