Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470 to Our Own Time

Type of Nicolas Jenson, from his 1470 Eusebius. Inc. 4066.

Type of Nicolas Jenson, from his 1470 Eusebius. Inc. 4066.

An Italian Cultural Institute / Italian Language Week Lecture
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Speaker: Paul F. Gehl
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

The design of type in the twentieth century was largely a matter of historical revivals or revolts against historical models, so it raises all kinds of historiographical issues as well as aesthetic ones. In this talk, Paul F. Gehl (for 25 years the curator of the Newberry’s collection on typography) will trace the history of one, particularly influential type face from its introduction by printer Nicolas Jenson to revivals as recent as last year. Along the way he will suggest that the history of type is central to the histories of art, science, literature, and commerce.

Paul F. Gehl is the George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and no registration is required.