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"I have created a small gallery in the Villa. Monteriggioni's artists are always welcome to study them."
―Mario Auditore regarding the Villa's gallery, 1454.[src]-[m]

A painting gallery is a space for the exhibition of paintings.

History[]

Villa Auditore[]

AC2 Villa Auditore Painting Gallery

The painting gallery in the Villa Auditore

During the Renaissance, the Villa was heavily damaged in a Florentine attack. When the Italian Assassin Domenico Auditore bought it sometime after 1321, he renovated the building and included a painting gallery inside.[1] Over a century later in 1454, Domenico's descendant Mario began decorating the room, taking advantage of his brother Giovanni's connections in Florence to import fine art.[2]

From 1476 to 1499, Mario's nephew Ezio displayed commissioned portraits of his assassination targets after he killed them. He also showcased pieces of Renaissance artwork bought from art merchants in several cities during his travels. Through his friendship with Leonardo da Vinci in particular, Ezio was able to gather a number of his works, including the Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine, and the Portrait of a Musician.[3] However, all the paintings were either destroyed or stolen by the Borgia following the siege of Monteriggioni in 1500.[4]

After Leonardo was abducted by Hermeticists in 1506, his apprentice Salaì revealed to Ezio that one of the paintings looted after the Villa attack, Portrait of a Lady, was not actually Leonardo's work, implying that he had sold one of his own paintings as Leonardo's. Despite this revelation, Ezio remained fixed on reclaiming the work from where it was kept in Duke Alfonso d'Este's estate outside Ferrara.[5]

Tiber Island headquarters[]

ACB Painting Gallery

The painting gallery in the Tiber Island headquarters

After the Assassins obtained an old storeroom on Tiber Island in Rome from Fabio Orsini, they refurnished a room to house a painting gallery. Ezio once again contacted local art merchants and decorated the place with more paintings, all of which were the works of Raphael. As he had done in the Villa, portraits of primary assassination targets were also displayed in the same gallery.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Several paintings which Ezio could buy both before and after settling to Rome were historically created at a later time. For example, Antonio Allegri da Correggio was born in 1489 and painted Jupiter and Io in 1530, yet Ezio could acquire this painting as early as 1481.

Although Salaì hints that Portrait of a Lady was done by him, it is currently attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, who collaborated with Leonardo during his stay in Milan. It is thought to portray Beatrice d'Este, Ludovico Sforza's wife. Additionally, Salaì says that two of Leonardo's works, Leda and Saint John the Baptist, were burnt during the fall of Monteriggioni on 2 January 1500,[5] however, these two works were painted between 1505 and 1516.

After Ezio rescued Leonardo from his captors, the artist told him that he meant to repaint the Saint John lost in the Villa fire,[6] suggesting that in the world of Assassin's Creed, the two paintings historically created between 1505 and 1516 were both copies of the lost originals.

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