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Lady with an Ermine

The Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine is a depiction of Cecilia Gallerani, mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan.

Painted 1489-90, the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore purchased the painting and placed it in the Villa Auditore's gallery.[1] The painting was later lost during the Papal attack on Monteriggioni in 1500, led by the Templar Cesare Borgia.[2] Six years later, while Ezio was looking for a kidnapped Leonardo, he learned that the Lady with an Ermine held part of a map identifying the location of the Temple of Pythagoras, and that the painting was in the possession of a Florentine merchant based in Rome.[3]

Upon approaching the merchant, Ezio was shocked to discover it was his sister Claudia's former fiancé, Duccio de Luca. Despite Ezio's attempts to remain civil, Duccio's insults regarding Claudia saw him receive a stout punch to the face. After a prolonged fistfight between the Assassin and Duccio's entourage, Ezio retrieved the painting while Duccio lay on the ground unconscious.[3]

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