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Calligraphy at Reed

This guide can serve as a starting point to exploring Lloyd Reynolds calligraphic style, influences, and tools for practice; both online and on-campus.

Roman Styles

"Roman script, also called Antiqua Script, Italian Lettera Antica, in calligraphy, is script based upon the clear, orderly Carolingian writing that Italian humanists mistook for the ancient Roman script used at the time of Cicero (1st century BC). They used the term roman to distinguish this supposedly classical style from black-letter and national hands. It was upon the model of antica, or roman, scripts that Renaissance scribes evolved the varieties of roman and italic, or cursive, styles of handwriting, upon which the corresponding typefaces of Nicolas Jenson and of Aldus Manutius were patterned. See also italic script." 


Practice Handbooks

Historical Examples

Illuminated page from Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta

Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta.

By Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay

 from 1561-1562 and illumination from 1591-1596.

View full text in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Illuminated page from the Book of Kells

Book of Kells. From around the 9th century.

View full text in the Trinity College Dublin

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This guide was initially created by library graduate students at Emporia State University, Gregory MacNaughton from the Cooley Gallery, and the Reed College Special Collections staff.