The Phoenix Lacquer Art Great Masters series honours the greatest masters of the world. In this series Phoenix honors great masters like Caravaggio, Michelangelo and Raphael. On the cap a (self)portrait of the artist can be found. While on the barrel a masterpiece from the artist is beautifully painted by the artists of Phoenix.
Michelangelo was born in 1475 in Caprese and was known for his sculpture, painting, architecture and poetry. He is considered by many to be the greatest artist of his lifetime, and by some the greatest of all time. A number of Michelangelo’s works rank among the most famous in existence and he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.
On the Michelangelo edition you can find a self portrait of the master himself at the cap. The portrait is beautifully done with a nice dark/light perspective. The eyes of the master are made in a way that they are always looking at you, from every side you look at the pen. It is beautifully done . The portrait is based on a portrait that was made by Jacopino del Conte, a friend of Michelangelo , and can currently be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York . Jacopino del Conte was an Italian painter born in Florence and the portrait of Michelangelo was made around 1540.
On the barrel of the pen you can find a painting of the most well known work Michelangelo made, the sculpture of David. The marble statue is a masterpiece of the renaissance and was made by Michelangelo when he was only 26 years old . He finished it 3 years later in 1504. The statue is honoring the biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence, and is 5.17 meter high . The details on the actual statue of David that is since 1873 at the Galleria dell Accademia, an art museum in Florence, are incredible .
The bodies of the Phoenix Lacquer Art pens are made from resin by Visconti in Florence. After that the clean black bodies are sent to Russia where the artists of Phoenix Lacquer Art have the complete freedom to decorate it with (egg)tempera, gold leaf and lacquer. The fountain pens also use the Power Filler mechanism which is an invention of Dante del Vechhio, former CEO and founder of Visconti. The fountain pens have a 18kt gold duotone Medium nib with ebonite feed. The nibs are made by Peter Bock in Heidelberg, Germany. If you are not into writing with a fountain pen, a spare rollerball forepart can be purchased as an extra option.
Phoenix makes beautiful art works on writing instruments in the style of the Russian lacquer and miniature art, which is a tradition that dates back for centuries. The striking images that are created by the artisans are done because of their passion for this art style. There is something miraculous about the birth of a precious object of art. It all starts with a thought, an idea and the artist gives the most perfect expression to this inspiration.
All the art works on the Phoenix pens are handmade, crafted with expert skill in limited editions of sometimes only one, by only the greatest Russian artists. It takes over six to eight weeks to paint a single pen and is very insensitive for the artist. A Phoenix writing instrument is more than just a writing instrument, it is a piece of art, a lifetime gift, delivering exceptional writing pleasure.