The Renaissance was a culturally dynamic period, a time for exploring and challenging the status quo. Art met science which, in turn, inspired curious discoveries and incredible inventions. Florence was the heart of great art during the Renaissance, and Masters such as Sandro Botticelli created some of the most recognised religious and mythological works – you can see his Madonna and Child with Six Angels in The Corsini Collection.
This fragrance is inspired by Botticelli’s La Primavera, which he painted for the Medici, a powerful Florentine family and patrons of the arts. The pastoral scene in the painting includes 500 identified plant species, 190 different flowers and a gorgeous overarching orange grove. The contrasting colours – red, white, orange, green and blue-black – evoke connection, movement and grace which in turn inspired the fragrance.
Perfume Playground collaborated with Auckland Art Gallery to offer half-day scent sessions as part of their Member programme. The scent sessions are incredibly fun and imaginative.
Krissy Perrett, Retail Operations Manager at Auckland Art Gallery, approached me to create a unique fragrance to sell exclusively in the Gallery
and inspired by the major new exhibition, The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence, opening Saturday 2 September 2017. Presenting artwork from the private collection of the dynastic Corsini family, the exhibition is travelling from Italy for the very first time, so we wanted to celebrate Florentine art and lives.
We worked with Mary Kisler, Senior Curator at Auckland Art Gallery, who travelled to Florence as part of her work on The Corsini Collection, and over twenty other Gallery staff.
Translating the inspiration and capturing the story of appreciation begins with the soft floral of Mimosa and the warm sweetness of orange. The middle builds in intensity, with pure exotic jasmine and a citrus rosemary selected for more mindfulness. The ending a sweet amber on the skin. The fragrance references the lushness of spring.
Top: Wild Sweet Orange, Mimosa
Middle: Jasmine, Rosemary
Base: Amber, Benzoin, Aged Patchouli