Return - Limited Edition hand painted by Voutsa

French, c. 1764

Ambergris, oakmoss, powdered tobacco, labdanum resin, muguet, honeybrush

"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection." Here Voltaire playfully subverts the spiritual authority of the Roman Catholic Church by summoning the idea of reincarnation - a notion made fashionable in his time by the increasingly relevant philosophical heritage of Plato and the mystery schools of Ancient Greece. Imagine for a moment being a devout Catholic aristocrat residing at court, pondering questions of rebirth while looking into the limpid eyes of a newborn child.

The 18th-century scholar Johann Winckelmann coined the memorable phrase “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” to describe the qualities he admired in ancient Greek and Roman statues, which in his time were thought to have been created in gleaming white marble or unadorned bronze. So ingrained was this notion of austere, monochromatic ancient sculpture that it came as a shock when in the 19th century newly unearthed masterpieces showed traces of their original pigment. -Miles Unger

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Limited Edition 8 oz | $250

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