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Intro to Fraktur - with Paul Shaw

Society of Scribes, Ltd.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Intro to Fraktur - with Paul Shaw

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Intro to Fraktur: Members 3 Registrations Ended $160.00 $0.00
Intro to Fraktur: Non-Members 14 Registrations Ended $200.00 $0.00

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This class meets on Saturday/Sunday: March 4 & 5, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fraktur is a slippery word. It simultaneously describes the full range of blackletter styles (e.g. textura, bâtarde, rotunda) in calligraphy and type as well as a specific style of blackletter which originated in the early 16th century. This workshop will focus on the latter, which can be described as a hybrid of textura and bâtarde.

Chronologically, fraktur is the last of the four major styles of blackletter. It is generally believed that Leonhard Wagner (c.1453–1522), prior at the Abbey of SS. Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg, Germany, “invented” fraktur. Among the one hundred sample scripts in his 1507 manuscript Proba Centum Scripturarum una Manu Exaratarum the one labeled Clipalicana maior is consid- ered to be the rst example of fraktur. However, there are other scripts by Wagner, such as the smaller Imperatorucalis, which are very similar. A decade after Wagner produced his sample book Johannes Schoensperger, printer to Emperor Maximilian I, published the Teuerdank (1517). Its typeface, based on the calligraphy of Vincenz Rockner, is the rst true fraktur typeface. The new style quickly became a staple of German calligraphy and printing alongside textura. Its prominence came to an abrupt end with World War II.

The workshop will look at historical and modern examples of fraktur by such masters as Johannes Neudorffer the Elder, Urban Wyss, Rudof Koch, Friedrich Poppl, Hermann Zapf, and Werner Schneider. The goal will not be to master fraktur but to under- stand its features, structure and manifold possibilities.

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SVA Annex
214 East 21st Street
New York, NY 10010

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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Society of Scribes, Ltd.

The Society of Scribes promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related arts in New York City.

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