Leonardo da Vinci left behind countless drawings and sketches for myriad of devices. He dreamed up schematics for machinery, transportation, flight, and apparently… women’s handbags. In fact, he sketched a design of a purse in the Codex Atlanticus (one of many collections of his notes and drawings). Fashion company Ghrardini has translated that design into a beautiful leather purse.
“While the shape recalls the lectern in “The Annunciation,” painted by Leonardo in the workshop of Verrocchio, its patterns feature rotating spirals and floral motifs, scrolls and foliage in metamorphosis,” Vezzosi said.
Boasting a unique closing system, the bag was designed at the end of Leonardo’s first Milanese period, around 1497. At that time, the artist was painting the tapestries in the Last Supper and knots designs in the Sala delle Asse in the Castello Sforzesco.”
See a video illustrating the creation of the exclusive piece after the break.