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Michelangelo 1475-1564, The Last Judgement, 1536–1541.
This pocket square is inspired by The Last Judgment. Completed by the Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo, it is a fresco covering the entirety of the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. It depicts the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity. The souls of humans can be seen rising and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ who is at the centre of the scene and surrounded by prominent saints. Altogether there are over 300 figures in the full painting, with nearly all the males and angels originally shown as nudes; many were later covered up by painted draperies. The work was completed between 1536 and 1541 and Michelangelo began working on it twenty-five years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He was nearly 67 when he completed it.
The reception of the painting was mixed from the start, with much praise but also criticism on both religious and artistic grounds. Both the amount of nudity and the muscular style of the bodies has been one area of contention, and the overall composition another.
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Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. He is widely considered as one of the greatest artists of all time and, despite making few forays beyond the arts, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.
A number of Michelangelo's works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. His output in these fields was prodigious; given the sheer volume of surviving correspondence, sketches and reminiscences, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century. He finished two of his best-known sculptures, the Pietà and David, before the age of thirty. Despite holding a low opinion of painting, he also created two of the most influential frescoes in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and The Last Judgment on the altar wall. At the age of 74, he succeeded Antonio da Sangallo the Younger as the architect of St. Peter's Basilica. He transformed the plan so that the western end was finished to his design, as was the dome, with some modification, after his death.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our pocket squares are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
It’s absolutely the best way to finish a pocket square for a variety of reasons but the key ones are for both visual effect and structure. Rolling by hand is the only way to get a really nice clean plump finish on the edge and this gives a really nice depth to the edges. It’s a more expensive process than machine rolling but by using a machine you’re often left with a flat edge and you don’t get the same luxurious feel. On top of this, the rolled edges add a lot more structure to your pocket square.
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