The 6th September 2021 marks the important date for Italian artist Filippo Sorcinelli: the launch of Reliqvia, his tenth creation from the UNUM collection. As always, Persefume is here with exclusive news courtresy of Filippo Sorcinelli and his Team.

Filippo Sorcinelli

“Reliquia” derives from the Latin verb “relinquo” which means “I leave”. The Latin term “reliquiae” and in Greek “λείψανα”, is generally understood as “what remains”, referring to the human body or part of it. In the Christian context with this word we speak of a part of the body or an object that belonged to Christ, to the Holy Virgin or to the mortal remains of those who are recognized as martyrs and saints and, more generally, to other objects that have been in contact with their body.

The new fragrance by Filippo Sorcinelli, after the tribute to Mario Giacomelli with “Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto”, comes back to Senigallia to describe a place that is simply extraordinary, rich in history and works of art, a great custody of important relics of the Passion of Christ: “the church of the Holy Cross”, considered one of the jewels of the Italian Baroque. This oratory, dating back to 1608, was built by the “Confraternity of the Sacrament and the Holy Cross” still operating today where Filippo is part of it with specific positions as organist and artistic director.

Reliqvia speaks of the walls covered in gilded wood, finely decorated with carvings and reliefs, speaks of the incensed steps towards the great high altar, like a golden embroidery, where the statue of the dead Christ is kept inside it, a wooden work of the seventeenth century and visible only once a year. But he also wants to frame in a synaesthetic way the altarpiece made by Federico Barocci, “the Transport of Christ to the sepulcher” , one of the most beautiful works by the painter from Urbino executed in 1582, and for which he also designed the frame.

Reliqvia – the movie

Reliqvia is a place where to meet and where to re-evoke memories, to remind the time that passes and which becomes “solemn and authentic gold”, a message of corruptibility and incorruptibility.
Reliqvia is the tangible trace, the last trace, to describe in life a different and prodigious existence above us. It is the wardrobe always closed, the precious custody of sacred men that makes us understand that time is precious and that it risks being consumed without letting us leave a clear mark in life.

Reliqvia is the nail of the Passion, layered and peaty incense from the solemn and sacred years.
There is no sacred, if men do not recognize the sacred, and exalt it in perfect rites.
Reliqvia is the perfect sacred space.

Touching the relics, touching something that has been in contact with them is a grace and a guarantee: for this reason the Romans tore the veils that had covered the holy martyrs and in which the corpses of the popes were wrapped. This is why the popes were precisely wrapped in those veils.
In front of the relics the fools are healed, the possessed and the obsessed liberated, the blind find their sight, the lame start walking again …


SUBJECT: Patchouli, Incense, Cashmere wood, Guaiac wood, Sandalwood
OPPOSED SUBJECT: Orange Blossom, Scots Pine, Cloves, Lentisk, Amyris
BASE: Elemi, Sweet orange, Black currant, Nutmeg, Notes of Smoke, Tobacco leaves

Filippo Sorcinelli’s UNUM Reliqvia debuts today as Extrait de Parfum 100 ml.

Pictures and quotes by Filippo Sorcinelli, grazie infinite!