In his twenties, Michelangelo was already creating perfection. His Pieta, crafted early on in his career as an artist, is an example of such physical beauty that it takes your breath away. Hundreds of people crowd to see this work of art every day in Rome, and amidst the crowds of people, getting pushed along by tourists and families with cameras, being in the presence of something so stunning is, actually, lonely.
It is not perfection that we connect to. It is the raw emotion that Michelangelo showed later in his career that pulls us into an experience so transcendent that we are changed.
One of Michelangelo’s last works, the Pietà Rondanini, was left unfinished. But in the eyes of the figure you can see the agony of the person, in this case the Christ, captured in a moment of struggle. Life is complex, and Michelangelo was exploring that complexity through the art he created later in life.
His art got better-deeper, richer, more full-with age.
If you run you hands over any one of our bags, you’ll experience the smooth and buttery feel of genuine Italian leather. We love the smell and feel of those bags, it’s so fresh and new. But these bags tell a different story after they go home with you.
Leather starts to show scuffs and marks as it ages. Think about it- you take it with you in the day to day life, you take it to meetings or coffee dates or concerts or wherever. Over time you’ll see some marks here and there. And that’s ok, it’s lovely how leather ages. It becomes its own work of art, a sculpture of your days, carefully formed by your hand, over time. And it’s beautiful.
One of the first books for the shop is a big book all about Michelangelo’s work. You can see several beautiful pictures of how he created things over time in this book, and when you flip through, you’ll see that as he got older, his work went much deeper. He was starting to show the scuff marks of his life in his work. And it’s beautiful.
Take a look at the Michelangelo book the next time you’re in our shop, and ask about how leather ages. This is the information that we’d love to share with you, to show how this bag that we sell is going to become art.