Invisible Gold. Giulio Manfredi Reinvents the Last Supper

Invisible Gold. Giulio Manfredi Reinvents the Last Supper
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Judas is an olive branch of white and red gold with leaves of jade, Jesus, a crown topped with a ruby, Peter, a heavy ring, Philip, a wooden book with essential lines, open like a miracle on a sampling of colourful hard stones. 500 years after the death of Leonardo, Giulio Manfredi interprets the characters of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper through his own art form, jewellery-making, which captured him at a young age during a visit to the diamond-cutters of Antwerp. From his collaborations with brands like Gucci and Vacheron Constantin, to the affirmation of his work as an artist, going beyond mere jewellery design, for Manfredi it was a just small step - light, colour, limpid yet sophisticated lines comprise more of an authentic language than just a style, a “wearable art” which is also a means of expression. After the jewellery-sculpture created in 1992 for the 500th Anniversary celebration of Piero della Francesca and the creations dedicated to Alessandro Manzoni in 2006, now he creates in homage to Leonardo, that, once again, inspires a need in Manfredi to “transform the idea in matter, to shape nature”. The inspiration from Da Vinci takes form in a new and contemporary beauty, entering in harmony with the masterpiece of Santa Maria delle Grazie, between symbolism and sacrality. The result is 13 works in precious metals and stones to be admired in an exhibition that evokes the form of a polyptych, in the stunning spaces of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano