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.
Raffaelo Sanzio da Urbino was born in 1483 and was an Italian painter and architect of the high renaissance . His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Despite his death at 37, he left the world a lot of work. Many of his works can be found in the Vatican Palace . His resting place is the Pantheon in Rome.
The cap of the pen is, as the other Great Masters editions, beautifully painted with a portrait of Raphael. This portrait is based on a self-portrait made by the master himself. The self-portrait was made between 1504 and 1506 and is currently at the Uffizi gallery in Florence. The barrel of the pen is decorated with a replica of the Sistina Madonna, also called the Madonna di San Sisto, which is an oil painting made around 1512 . The painting was commissioned by Pope Julius II for the church of San Sisto in Piacenza . It is currently at the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden, Germany. This painting was one of the last Madonnas painted by Raphael. In the painting the Madonna stands on clouds while holding the Christ Child and flanked by Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara. Beneath her, two distinctive winged cherubim rest on their elbows. Those two winged angels are famous in their own right. Heavily marketed they have been featured in stamps, postcards, T-shirts, socks and wrapping paper.
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.