Visconti “Amerigo Vespucci” Limited Edition
Visconti presents “Amerigo Vespucci” Limited Edition
Year 2012 marks the 500th anni of Amerigo Vespucci’s death, the Florentine navigator who 1st recognized that the 4th Continent was not part of Asia, as Columbus thought, but rather part of a “New World”.
In 1497, Amerigo addressed a letter to Lorenzo de’ Medici with details of his discoveries.
The letter caused such a stir that when Martin Waldeseemuller drew the first map of America 10 yrs later, he called the Continent after the feminized Latin version of Amerigo’s name: Americus Vespucius.
Vespucci was a skilled navigator and traveled to the “New World” on 4 occasions, discovering Rio de Janeiro and giving Venezuela, or “Little Venice”, its name.
King Ferdinand II of Aragon appointed Amerigo “Piloto Mayor de Castilla” in Y 1508, placing him in charge of new expeditions and training sailors in the use of the Quadrant and the Astrolabe. He stayed in this job until his death in Y 1512.
To create a pen commemorating this important 500th anniversary, Visconti took its inspiration from symbolic events, primarily Vespucci’s travels and Waldeseemuller’s map of Y 1507.
It would have been impossible to reproduce the entire map on a pen, so Visconti chose sections depicting Europe and America.
To reproduce it correctly Visconti used scrimshaw technique, introducing points and chiaroscuro into the graphic work.
The result is amazing. Details, such as the caravelle, are almost painterly in the quality of their engraving. Stopping to consider that a scrimshaw is not on the surface but actually inside the surface, one realizes the accomplishments on the part of the artists’.
This special fountain pen has a special presentation box, so Visconti reproduced the instrument which, in conjunction with the quadrant, allowed Vespucci to complete his voyage: the Astrolabe.
Limited edition: 500 pens in bronze
Limited edition: 50 pens in 750 gold
Material : Ivory resin
Nib: 23 kt Dreamtouch Palladium
Filling system : Power Filler
Artwork : Scrimshaw on cap and barrel
Case : Carved wooden astrolabe
AMERIGO VESPUCCI MARINE BRONZE FOUNTAIN PEN $3,450.00
AMERIGO VESPUCCI MARINE BRONZE ROLLER $3,450.00
AMERIGO VESPUCCI ROSE GOLD FOUNTAIN PEN $26,895.00
AMERIGO VESPUCCI ROSE GOLD ROLLER $26,895.00
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