On June 12, Salvatore Ferragamo unveiled its resort collection on the 140-meter catwalk under the breathtaking archways of the Louvre’s Denon peristyle. It is the first time a fashion house has access inside the historic building. The show is part of the partnership with the museum, Ferragamo being the exclusive sponsor of the Louvre exhibition “Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s ultimate masterpiece“.
This elegant and sophisticated venue was selected to highlight a collection that embodies style and sophistication at their finest.
“To support a beautiful city is an honor and we also have a duty to do it,” said Ferruccio Ferragamo, the chairman and chief executive of the Ferragamo family business. “These are unique pieces and it is wonderful to be able to support the exhibition.”
The Louvre show was also a way to bring attention to Massimiliano Giornetti, the creative director of the house, who has worked for the company for 12 years.
“We were lucky to find him. He grew in the company, he knows the Ferragamo DNA. We did not need to brainwash him,” said Ferruccio Ferragamo of his relationship with the designer.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterwork The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, restored with the aid of the C2RMF (Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France), is the centerpiece of an exceptional exhibition (From March 29 to June 25, 2012, Napoleon Hall, beneath the Pyramid, Louvre Museum Paris; Ticket for the exhibition: €11) that reunites all surviving related works for the first time.
Compositional sketches, preparatory drawings, landscape studies and the National Gallery of London’s magnificent cartoon are brought together for the first time since the artist’s death to illustrate his lengthy meditation and expose the succession of solutions he had envisioned.
Other painted artworks by Leonardo are also used to show how the Saint Anne is the true culmination of the artist’s numerous and varied explorations on nature and art. To reveal the full scale of the artwork’s innovative nature, the exposition also strives to reposition the Saint Anne in the iconographic tradition of its subject (the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne) and demonstrate its considerable influence on Italian art in the early 16th century.