An illuminating study of calligraphy, taking in the birth of the art to the modern renaissance.
This stunningly illustrated book focuses on 76 intricate examples of calligraphy from the unparalleled collection of the British Library. The author, a renowned expert on the history of the form as well as a fine calligrapher herself, writes – uniquely – from a practitioner’s point of view.
Ranging from the Middle Ages, when beautiful calligraphy was regarded as a way to celebrate the divine, to the renaissance of the art form by William Morris, to the modern school of calligraphers following in the wake of master typographer Edward Johnston, Patricia Lovett charts the development of calligraphy through the history of European manuscripts. Large-scale, full-colour reproductions enable the reader to see the fine detail of each manuscript and to understand more clearly than ever before the great artistic skill necessary to create these striking pieces of writing.
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