An Abecedarium: Illustrated Alphabets from the Court of Emperor Rudolf II
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An Abecedarium: Illustrated Alphabets from the Court of Emperor Rudolf II

Edited by Lee Hendrix

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Included in the magnificent pages of the Mira calligraphiae monumenta are two alphabets. Executed by an unknown hand, the first consists of Roman capital letters; the other is Gothic lower-case letters. As with the calligraphy of Bocskay described above, these alphabets were embellished by Joris Hoefnagel, a painter at the court of Rudolf II. In embellishing the alphabets, Hoefnagel employed symbols and heraldic objects--masks, animals, plants, obelisks--to convey the power and greatness of the emperor. An Abecedarium contains the thirty-eight pages from the Mira codex that display Hoefnagel's virtuosity in decorating the alphabets. Calligraphers, graphic artists, and all lovers of beautiful books will delight in Hoefnagel's artistry.

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  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 132.08 x 177.8 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • 01 Dec 1997
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Santa Monica CA
  • English
  • 0892364718
  • 9780892364718
  • 281,790

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