Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quill and Flourish


Schreibmeisterbuch a

Schreibmeisterbuch b

Schreibmeisterbuch c

penmanship - animal calligraphy

Schreibmeisterbuch e

Schreibmeisterbuch g

Schreibmeisterbuch h

Schreibmeisterbuch i

Schreibmeisterbuch j

ink flourishes

ornate calligraphy

Schreibmeisterbuch n

decorative calligraphy

zoomorphic calligraphy

calligraphy animals

animal pen flourishes

anthropomorphic calligraphy

figurative calligraphy

'Schreibmeisterbuch für Herzog Wolfgang Wilhelm von Pfalz-Neuburg' [Cod. icon 466] by Baldericus van den Horick, 1600s is online at MDZ. (Duke of Pfalz-Neuburg's Master Scribe Book)

Pen and ink on paper with writing in Latin, Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian accompanied of course by figurative calligraphy. The catalogue page [trans.] doesn't give too much by way of background information.

About half or a little more of the manuscript images have been posted above. The majority of these have been lightly spot/stain cleaned.

ADDIT (Oct 2012): Baldrick van Horicke at Wikipedia [.Fr] (thanks Fortitou)

Previous posts on calligraphy; and in general: IAMPETH.


Karla said...

A remarkable bestiary. Imagine what the calligrapher would have done if called to illustrate some sort of adventure narrative full of animals and exotic characters...

pixo said...

These are magical line works.

Admin said...

What a lovely art form!

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Patricia said...

Amazing. Having done calligraphy my mind boggles at the skill required to created continuous scrolling in the shape of something and not just for scrolling's sake.

Kittybriton said...

magnificent examples, but a bit bewildering to anyone wondering where to start...

Unknown said...

These are wonderful. Presumably produced for an adult audience, you really don't see this kind of whimsy aimed at grown ups very much.

Max said...


Thanks for posting this stuff. The internet is a better place for it.

INTJ said...

Ah! I concur with what everyone else said.

Jeanie Nelson said...

Oh my goodness! Beautiful! So many calligraphers have copied this style through the ages, and I am grateful to see work from the original era. Getting inspiration at the source.

Unknown said...

so beautiful and intricate! said...

Your blog is a godsend for me as a tattoo artist. so much resource and rare stuff. thank you, please never stop.

peacay said...

Heh, thanks. It's funny, I've had more correspondence about tattoos - one way or another - over the years than about any other broad subject.

It's 'funny' because, although I would not say I'm "anti-" tattoos exactly(and I kind of reject the notion in which only a for or against is allowed), but I would not advocate for anyone to get one and I would try - to some reasonable/modest extent - to dissuade my partner or child from getting one for example.

I find the artwork intriguing to amazing and like to hear how and why people came to get the inking they have, but it's not something that exactly attracts me, per se.

But I also remind myself that my role here is curator and I can't either take credit for, nor be held responsible for, the different ways that people choose to be affected by the material that appears here. I'm much more happy about diversity of effect than I am concerned about people getting tattoos as one consequence of my idle obsession.

Fortitou said...

For more information on this calligrapher, active in Brussel around 1630-1643, see :

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