Though not so widely known as his student and collaborator, Leonardo da Vinci, Franciscan friar/mathematician/literary translator Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli was an accomplished renaissance man in his own right, publishing original works on subjects ranging from mathematics for merchants, to the game of chess, to one of the foundational texts of modern-day magic-tricks and numerical puzzles. His best-known work, however, was De Divina Proportione
, illustrated by Leonardo, which focused on the application of the Golden Ratio to art and architecture.
Given the late Giancarlo Guidi's love for art, it should be little surprise that he was familiar with Pacioli's De Divina Proportione, and as fate would have it, this special Ser Jacopo series, inspired by the idea of applying the Golden Ratio to pipe design, would be one of the Pesaro school founder's last great projects.
As you might expect, the series focuses on classic shapes. In this case we find it represented in the form of a straight Brandy, which, although scaled up to statuesque "Maxima" size, retains a fine balance between the proportions of shank, stem, and bowl. There's a definite filling out of the lower bowl here, yet at the same time it's not as overtly voluptuous as Italian renditions of the shape often are; more of a Venus of Urbino than a 20th century centerfold (but with a lot more ring grain than either, naturally).
- Eric N. Squires