I remember my first encounter with a Leonardo da Vinci portrait well. As I navigated the maze that was Krakow‘s Czartoryski museum, I did not know what to expect from Lady With An Ermine, so when it did appear it was a surprise. The portrait was achingly beautiful in the flesh, and even behind a glass case it filled the little gallery with its presence. Best of all, there weren’t many people in there.
Five years later, I was face-to-face with the Isleworth Mona Lisa, allegedly also painted by Leonardo, as it began a world tour earlier this week. Art and architecture have always been part of my travel plans, so I had to see this controversial work for myself at Singapore’s Art House.