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Halbgotische, Gotico-Antiqua, Fere-Humanistica

Between Blackletter and Roman
When Wed 13 Sep 1540
Where UQAM, Cœur des sciences
Who Jerome Knebusch

This research focuses on letter forms created in the 15th century in Germany, Italy, and France that are neither blackletter nor roman. Besides the three gothic types (Textura, Bastarda, Rotunda) and roman, a fifth sometimes hesitating letter form is the object of our study. Hundreds of Gotico-Antiqua types (one of many names used to describe them) were created between 1459 and 1482. Often forgotten and rarely discussed, they are lacking a contemporary study in type history and design, which overlaps here with paleography and incunabula research. Here, the historical context was full of tensions and was evolving astonishingly quickly. While German printers were perfecting printing with movable type and settling in other countries, the ideals of the early Renaissance were rejecting gothic art in favor of the lost grandeur that was Rome. A revival movement in the early 20th century by private presses constitutes a supplement to this study.

This research has been conducted since 2012, and the first results have been presented in lectures, and an ongoing workshop series has involved students in reviving typefaces. ANRT, Nancy is hosting the research programme.

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