Vespucci (1453-1476) was an Italian noblewoman from Genoa. Renown
for being the greatest beauty of her age, Simonetta was known
as "La Bella Simonetta", "The Queen of Beauty"
and "The Unparalleled One", and for many, the Muse
of Sandro Botticelli.
On Muses, Plato
stated: "The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation
with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that
technical ability alone was enough to make an artist... what
that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art
of inspired beings".
his work demands the presence of a Muse. Her likeness is noted
in many of his paintings; one of my favorites being "Portrait
of a Woman" (c.1480/85). Simonetta is wearing a hairstyle
that would be seen on a nymph. The pearls in her hair and the
multiple braids become part of her gown, as if to suggest, if
her hair was let loose she would be disrobed, revealing a very
sensual overtone to the painting.
Inspired by the
perfection of Sandro Botticelli's work and by the symbolism eluding
from the painting "Portrait of a Woman", I created
a braided necklace of SilverSilk that is captured within beaded
cones with beaded pearl buttons for the closure. The central
component is a large pear shaped CZ set with pearls and Swarovski
crystal cup chain. Fern like leaf shapes add the finishing touch,
and in total, represent the stylized hairstyles of a nymph by
combining braids, pearls and organic material. In the end, this
necklace is beautiful, alluring and steeped in history.
Skill level: Intermediate