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Be Bold, Be Italic | Presentation Of “La Operina” (1522), the First Writing Manual of the Chancery Hand Exploring Italian Calligraphy

Date:

10/19/2022


Be Bold, Be Italic | Presentation Of  “La Operina” (1522), the First Writing Manual of the Chancery Hand Exploring Italian Calligraphy

BE BOLD, BE ITALIC
Presentation of “La Operina” (1522), the First Writing Manual of the Chancery Hand
Exploring Italian Calligraphy

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:00PM EDT

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St | Toronto ON
FREE EVENT | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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On the occasion of the Week of Italian Language in the World, from the 19th to the 21st of October, the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with St. Michael’s College and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, will present a series of events to celebrate La Operina (1522), the first manual on humanistic cursive in the year of its 500th anniversary.

On October 19th, a panel of experts in manuscript culture and early printed book, including a delegation of calligraphers from the Scriptorium Foroiuliense in San Daniele (Italy), coordinated by University of Toronto’s Book & Media Studies Professor, Paolo Granata, will officially present this beautiful copy of La Operina, in a show-and-tell panel exploring the historical significance of Cancelleresca handwriting, in light of the rise of typographic cursive – known as Italic – in the early 16th century.

La Operina, by copyist, publisher, and type designer of Renaissance Italy, Ludovico degli Arrighi of Vicenza (1475–1527), was the first practical manual on Cancelleresca, the Papal Chancery script now usually called humanistic cursive or italic handwriting. Arrighi was a scribe in the Papal Curia, which had refined cursive chancery hand in its infancy during the latter half of the 15th century.  Cancelleresca was developed at a time when the spread of printing technology had already decreed the fall into disuse of manuscript books, consequently shifting the calligraphic attention from the books to the production of single papers and documents, for which handwriting remained an irreplaceable tool.

Join us to learn the historical significance of Cancelleresca script in Renaissance Italy, as featured in Arrighi’s iconic manual.

 

CANCELLERESCA CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Learning Italian Cursive

Thursday, October 20 | 3:00PM EDT

John M. Kelly Library
University of St. Michael's College
113 Saint Joseph St | Toronto ON
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On October 20th, in a three-hour workshop, calligraphers from the Scriptorium Foroiuliense in San Daniele (Italy), who specialized in Medieval historical scripts, will teach the secrets of the centuries-old tradition of Cancelleresca handwriting, the Papal Chancery script now usually called humanistic cursive or italic.  Quill, ink, and paper will be provided. Join us to experience firsthand the painstaking work of an Italian scribe.

Presented by the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies, St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and the City of San Daniele del Friuli and Biblioteca Guarneriana (Italy), in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto.

Information

Date: Da Wednesday, October 19, 2022 a Friday, October 21, 2022

Organized by : University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies

In collaboration with : St. Michael's College University of Toronto | Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : Free


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