italian renaissance

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013, Ludovico di Sforza

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013, Ludovico di Sforza

In Arts, the artist is of course the key person but history has shown that Patrons played a key role too in protecting and sponsoring the ones to accomplish magnificence. Every year Montblanc reveals a new edition called Patron of Art. It is supposed to highlight and honor those who allowed artists from all eras, to fulfill their work. In 2013 Montblanc honors Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. He was one of the most prominent patrons of Italian Renaissance and protector of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. Milan was one of the powerful cities during the 15th century. Together with Venice, Firenze and Savoie, Milan shined during a big part of the Italian Renaissance. The Duc of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, decided that Milan should be the brightest star among stars and for that he invited several Artists, scientists and other enlightened people to come and live in Milan. Leonardo Da…

Pietra Dura, when art meets high-jewellery.

Pietra Dura, when art meets high-jewellery.

The precious and the unique are part of what defines true luxury. Pietra Dura, a very exclusive Jewellery House founded in 2007, reveals the uniqueness of each gemstone on a technique inspired by the glorious italian Cinquecento. Based on the passion of Carole Midy, she started creating her own jewels on her kitchen table and now you can find her creations in different countries. The name Pietra Dura comes from a special jewellery technique , very popular in the years 1500’s, also called The Cinquecento. Like Wood Marquetry, Pietra Dura works the entire precious stones into marble. It is an inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each…