Since 1992, Montblanc has honoured important historical patrons of culture and sciences with the renowned Patron of Art Edition, which coincides with the annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards, eagerly awaited by collectors all over the world. This year’s edition is dedicated to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance. He is probably best known as the man who commissioned the “The Last Supper”.
For 22 years, Patron of Art Edition – meticulously hand-crafted writing instruments have been made available in the spring of every year. So, the same will be this year. They are limited to 4.810 pieces and even more precious Limited Edition of only 888 pieces.
The first edition is an ode to the splendor of the late Renaissance. The writing instrument’s fittings replicate the pattern Da Vinci, used in his fresco in the “Sala delle Asse” or “Chamber of Boards”, as well as in the Mona Lisa’s robes and ornaments. The Blue lacquered cap and barrel of the other Limited Edition are embellished with Da Vinci’s pattern in dark translucent blue.
The blue lacquered cap and barrel of the second, more precious edition is adorned with Da Vinci’s pattern in dark translucent blue. The fountain pen’s solid gold fittings contrast with majestic blue lacquer, reflecting the vibrant colour of the ceiling fresco. Crowned with the distinctive Montblanc emblem in fine mother-of- pearl and with its cone adorned with the Duke’s coat of arms, this writing masterpiece is a fitting representation of the magnificence of Sforza’s court.
The 2013 Patron of Art Limited Edition will be available in Montblanc Boutiques worldwide from April 2013, with the price of $9,680 for Patron of Art 2013’s Limited Edition 888 and $2,670 for the Limited Edition 4810.