1595 Font Friday

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From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1510 Font Friday.

Hoefnagel’s Guide to Constructing the Letters (ca. 1595)

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Joris Hoefnagel (1542 – 1600) was a pivotal figure in the history of Dutch art, playing an important role both in the latter stages of the Flemish illumination tradition and the birth of the new genre of still life. In the last decade of his life Hoefnagel was appointed court artist to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, and it was in this time that he appended Georg Bocskay’s Model Book of Calligraphy, of thirty years previous, with his own beautifully exquisite Guide to the Construction of Letters, examples from which are shown below. In each he surrounds the typographic diagram with a colourful array of symbolically charged motifs and, for some, an excerpt from the Bible which begins with the letter of focus. See the Getty site, by clicking on each image, for further commentary.

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Flashmob Recreates Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” in a Dutch Shopping Mall

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Men in costumeFlashmob actors posed as in paintingThe European banking sector may still be on shaky footing. But it’s not stopping European banks from putting together a good flashmob. Last year, the Spanish bank, Banco Sabadell, brought together 100 professional musicians and singers to perform the anthem of the European Union — Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Symphony No. 9. And movingly so. It all happened in the Plaça de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain, a little north of Barcelona.

This year, we travel north to the city of Breda in Holland, where the Dutch multinational bank ING paid performers to recreate Rembrandt’s famous painting, The Night Watch, in a shopping center. The occasion? The re-opening of The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on April 13 after a long 10-year renovation.

via The Guardian

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