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

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

Hardback Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum

Edited by Lee Hendrix

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  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Format: Hardback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 178mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 0892364718
  • ISBN 13: 9780892364718
  • Sales rank: 327,307

Product description

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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