A Handbag…designed by Leonardo Da Vinci?

Leondardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, writer, scientist, inventor, and many others things. Now we can add one more profession to Leonardo da Vinci’s list: fashion expert.

Leonardo da Vinci & the Pretiosa Handbag?

Around 1497, Leonardo da Vinci took time away from his normal activities to sketch a unique and beautiful handbag. It was later discovered by Carlo Pedretti in 1978, along with thousands of other drawings. Now, thanks to the Gherardini fashion house, the Leonardo da Vinci handbag can be yours. It’s called Pretiosa, or Precious, and will be sold in an extremely limited edition (at this point, only 99 actual handbags are expected to be produced).

“Leonardo was no ordinary man. It doesn’t surprise me that he did not conform to the fashion trends of the time. He had his own style, thus he was indeed very fashionable.” ~ Raffaello Napoleone, Pitti Immagine CEO

Here’s more on Leonardo da Vinci and the Pretiosa from Discovery News

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) was an artist, inventor, scientist, architect, engineer, writer and even a musician. Now we know that he was also a fashion designer.

After several months of meticulous research, scholars have reconstructed some fragmented drawings of a unique bag designed by the Renaissance genius around 1497.

The sketch was first published in 1978 by Carlo Pedretti, a leading Da Vinci scholar, who identified it among the Atlantic Code’s tens of thousands of drawings.

Overlooked for more than three decades, it has been reconstructed and reassembled by Agnese Sabato and Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, where da Vinci was born in 1452…

(See Discovery News for more on Leonardo da Vinci and the Pretiosa handbag)

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