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Reviving Rosart’s heritage: In honor of an 18th-century Belgian punchcutting master

When Wed 12 Sep 0930
Where AP Hogeschool 2
What Track 2
Who Walda Verbaenen, Michel Pare
Over a period of four years, five alumni of the Expert Class Type Design (2014–2015) of the Plantin Institute of Typography in Antwerp thoroughly investigated the text and display types, decorative capitals, and ornaments by renowned 18th-century punchcutter Jacques-François Rosart. The purpose of the quintet’s research was twofold: to gain more insight into Rosart’s design process and production methods and to produce high-quality digital revivals. Walda Verbaenen and Michel Paré will represent the group in taking a fascinating look at Rosart’s working methods, especially focusing on his decorative capitals. Much of this information has been distilled from studying punches, matrices, and printing type. For example, which models did Rosart use as templates, and how much was his style influenced by his French contemporaries? Rosart’s special place in typographic history will be emphasized through illuminating specific qualities and the richness of the master’s oeuvre. Examples from an extensive series of revivals will also be presented for the very first time.

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