If it weren't for Ludivico Sforza's orders, Leonardo da Vinci wouldn't have created one of the greatest works in the history of art _ The Last Supper.
The Solid Gold 888 boast solid gold fittings that offer a beautiful contrast to the blue lacquered cap and barrel.
The Duke of Milan commissioned Da Vinci to paint a mural in the convent church of Santa Marie delle Grazie, and within four years, the genius completed the masterpiece on the north wall of the refectory.
Montblanc Patron of Art Edition 2013 pays tribute to Sforza, who during his reign supported numerous eminent artists and architects. The limited editions of fine fountain pens honour the contribution of historical patrons of art, which previously included King Louis XIV, Queen Elizabeth I and Pope Julius II. This year, the splendour of the late Renaissance and the duke's legacy are reflected in the Solid Gold 888, with a blue lacquered cap and barrel; and the Sterling Silver 4810 with a black lacquered cap and barrel. The figures 888 and 4,810 refer to the number of pieces released by the German brand, which has been crafting writing instruments since 1906.
The Sforza family coat of arms inspired the engraving on the 750’s solid gold nib.
Holding the exquisite fountain pen may transport you to Milan's monumental Castello Sforzesco, whose architecture and cylindrical towers inspire the engraving of the cone and the design of the cap top.
Inside the castle, the Salla delle Asse (Chamber of Boards) was where Da Vinci worked on an imposing ceiling fresco depicting symbols of the Sforza family. The pattern has been replicated in the writing instrument's fittings while the Solid Gold 888's gold and blue colour recalls the vibrant hues that the artist used on the fresco.
From 1482, Da Vinci worked in the Milanese court for 15 years. During this time he painted one of the duke's mistresses in the Lady With An Ermine, which was one of his only four portraits of women.
One of the most powerful Renaissance rulers, Sforza led his army in defending Milan, and his black armour is symbolised by the gleaming black lacquer of the Sterling Silver 4810 version while his family's coat of arms inspired the engraving on the 750's solid gold nib.
The initials engraved on the cap's ring come from a silver coin, Testone, issued in honour of the duke, who ruled Milan from 1494 until his death in 1508.
Besides being historical supporters of art, Montblanc also honours modern-day patrons with an annual award. Previous recipients include HRH the Prince of Wales, Queen Sofia of Spain and Yoko Ono.
The Sterling Silver Limited edition with the black colour of the cap and barrel inspired by the Duke of Milan’s armour.
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- Writer: Kanokporn Chanasongkram