The Visi NFT Collection will be featured by Milan’s Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Milan’s historic library, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, will be hosting an NFT project known as The Visi NFT collection, which will feature rare drawings created by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. These drawings have been hidden in the vaults of the Ambrosiana and will finally be made public in the form of an NFT avatar, also known as a PFP (profile picture).
Digital artists Brendon Pitt and Sandro Bertola will develop The Visi NFT collection, which will be drawn from the works of Leonardo da Vinci and his pupil Francesco Melzi. This effort began on April 15, the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, and includes three original da Vinci drawings that have been housed at the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana for over 400 years.
The drawings “demonstrate the great artist’s subtle ability to detail human expression and emotions, and breathe soul into his creations,” said the Ambrosiana library in a statement. “The drawing of the young woman comes from da Vinci’s ‘Codex Atlanticus;’ the creations of the old man are from another archive of Leonardo’s unpublished drawings; the last one, an adult man, is by Francesco Melzi, the favorite pupil of the great Master.”
It’s fascinating how the process of all this works. According to Nicola da Gubbio of The Visi’s communication team, the library first runs a scan of the drawings. Then comes planning and post-editing with the digital artists while keeping the formality of Renaissance effects. The result is a high-quality PFP that isn’t expected to cost an arm and a leg.
The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana will benefit directly from the revenues of sales and royalties of The Visi NFT collection, which will be used to preserve and restore works in their collection of over 800,000 books and 35,000 manuscripts. The funds will also modernize the library’s structure, invest in The Visi project, and increase their ability to attract visitors to Ambrosiana.