A corkscrew in the form of the Vitruvian man, a catapult in the shape of a bottle opener, flying machines, screw spirals and other gadgets, creations by the Genius Leonardo, on the one hand, and by the imagination of the illustrator Gianluca Biscalchin, on the other, who created a series of drawings dedicated to Leonardo Wine Genius.
Journalist and illustrator, Biscalchin specializes in gastronomy, travel, and books. In his illustrations he creates microcosms of cities, countries, ingredients, and chefs with a style that combines irony and culture.
Biscalchin has interpreted the world of Leonardo da Vinci and wine by imagining the Genius grappling with the most common and familiar object for those who want to open a bottle: the corkscrew. From there, a succession of witty designs that pay tribute to the most creative mind ever – that of Leonardo da Vinci – which in his time would have indulged in imagining futuristic devices for wine.
Wine also enters into harmony with the most famous characters of Leonardo’s paintings, including the Lady with the Ermine, Bacchus, and San Giovanni Battista, who Biscalchin brings to life with autonomous personalities, complete with glass in hand, red or white.
Biscalchin’s Leonardo, and ours too, is an irreverent and ironic genius, a pop icon with a spirit so projected into the future that it is still and forever an inexhaustible source of inspiration.