Thursday, January 25, 2018

Gothic script, gothic butress

Missale Bellovacense, vellum leaf from France (late 13th Century). Transitional Gothic Script.

take a look at this missale from late 13th century. what do you see?

the script sort of reminds one of the architecture of the epoch: pointed, angular, ligatures become more frequent, it's a more efficient manner of writing, perhaps more elegant. The letters aspire to move upward, to spiritual realms. why? because during the 14th century, the "hands" and "feet" of the letters as well as ascenders and descenders become shorter and more robust. The Gothic counters this trend. Think of the difference between Gothic and Romanic.

isn't this gothic butress a form of typeface leg?

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