Riccardo Olocco: The imitation of existing types in fifteenth-century Venice.

 Recent research on fifteenth-century Venetian roman types has docu mented the punchcutters’ ability to imitate existing types so closely that it can be very hard to distinguish them from their original models. This talk will introduce three examples of close imitations taken from Venetian incunabula and discuss the procedures that the punchcutters likely adopted. It will also briefly introduce later examples of close imitations, from Sanlecque imitating Garamond in sixteenth-century Paris to the famous Caslon imitations produced by the Fry foundry in London in the late eighteenth century.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 17:30
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE