Montblanc honours Ludovico Sforza, the Renaissance ruler and patron of Leonardo da Vinci, with an exceptional Limited Edition.
Every year Montblanc introduces its Patron of Art Edition, an annual limited edition which celebrates the contribution of historical patrons of arts since 1992. With the Patron of Art Edition 2013 Montblanc honours Ludovico Sforza – Duke of Milan. The design of the two Limited Editions 4810 and 888 are inspired by the striking architecture of the Castello Sforzesco and Leonardo da Vinci’s ceiling fresco from the “Sala delle Asse” in the Milanese castle.
Ludovico Sforza – Duke of Milan
The magnificence of the Renaissance’s great patron Ludovico Sforza was born in 1452 as the fourth son of the Milanese duke Francesco Sforza. After being crowned Duke of Milan in 1494, Ludovico promoted humanist education at the University of Milan and commissioned the expansion of the Renaissance Castello Sforzesco. Throughout his reign, Ludovico Sforza supported numerous outstanding artists with commissions at the Milanese court, including the architect Donato Bramante and the greatest genius of his era, Leonardo da Vinci. This universal genius worked for the Duke of Milan for a decade and a half, during which time he created two of his best-known works for his patron: “The Last Supper” in the convent church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and “The Lady with an Ermine”.
The Limited Edtion 4810 – precious black with intricate silver designs
Ludovico Sforza, who was given the sobriquet “il Moro” (the moor) due to his unusually dark complexion, forged alliances with Naples, Venice and France to ensure the security of Milan and his own power. His legendary black armour is symbolised on the Limited Edition 4810 by the gleaming black lacquer with 925 sterling silver inlays. To honour this clever diplomat and intriguer, who was overthrown by the French King Louis XII after forming an alliance against France in 1499, the “testone” – a coin of the Italian Renaissance – was minted. Its distinctive embossments are immortalised on the cap ring. The 750 rhodium plated solid gold nib of the edition is engraved with the Duke’s coat of arms, a final acknowledgement to a lasting cultural legacy.
Ludovico Sforza grew up under the influence of his humanist teacher, Francesco Filelfo, who taught him the theories of Plato and Aristotle and stimulated his love for literature and painting. As duke, he supported humanist education at the University of Milan and commissioned the expansion of the Renaissance Castello Sforzesco. The impressive architecture of the castle inspired the engraving on the cone and the design of the cap top of the Limited Edition – complemented by the Montblanc emblem in precious white resin.
The Limited Edition 888 – majestic blue and solid gold
The design of the Limited Edition 888 is reminiscent of the Castello Sforzesco’s striking architecture. Finished in translucent blue lacquer and embellished with Da Vinci’s pattern, the cap and cone are adorned by 750 solid gold fittings and crowned with the distinctive Montblanc emblem in fine mother-of-pearl. The 750 solid gold nib that is enhanced with an engraving inspired by Ludovico’s coat of arms brings this limited edition fountain pen to its culmination.
The Montblanc Patron of Art Edition 2013: Ludovico Sforza is now available in our Montblanc Boutiques worldwide.