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The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596) (publicdomainreview.org)
123 points by prismatic on Nov 30, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 11 comments

Here's the book at the Getty in case anyone wants to see the other pages or in higher resolution: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/1487/joris-hoefn...

Wow I didn't know that 3D drawings with proper perspective were a thing in the 16th century. This historic outline says that by the late 15th century, "artists were in total command of perspective": http://www.op-art.co.uk/history/perspective/

Those drawings look so gorgeous, it's great that those colors could be preserved. Those pears also do look a bit different than ours, interesting.

Pears aren't the only fruit with notable change over the centuries. Check out watermelons!


I remember reading an article (which unfortunately I can't find now) criticizing that article—that the watermelon that they show was a different cultivar, or had some other condition, which can still be found in watermelons today.

So... yeah, I guess this isn't a super useful response since I can't find it again, but just, it's not as simple as all that :-)

The difference in Watermelons wasn’t due to perpesctive. The fruit was bred form a weird looking spiral fruit to the juicy water filled one we have today.

With pears it looks like the artist got better over time. The pear still resembles the ones I can buy today.

Yeah, by 1535 Dürer has published Applied Geometry which contains a detailed geometric description of how to for capital letters. I’ve been down this rabbit hole in the past!



I think we have a tendency today to under rate the abilities and knowledge of pre-modern people. There is a lot we can learn from earlier ages despite the fact that their scientific knowledge was not as advanced as ours.

This is one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. Professional doodling. The precursor to Zalgo.

I know you didn't mean it that way, but calling it doodling is quite a disservice. It's like looking at a DaVinci and calling it professional finger painting and a precursor to ascii art. These are the hands of a master calligrapher and it's quite apparent. The term zalgo is also not apt considering that's just digital vandalism/noise using stacking diacritics, while every swash and flourish in this writing is quite deliberate and strikes a visual balance. Calligraphy is an old and distinguished artform (which informs modern typography to this day) that takes tons of practice and dexterity. I suggest reading up on it or even browsing some random stuff such as https://www.reddit.com/r/Calligraphy/top/. Certainly not "doodles".

I meant "doodle" as a light-hearted--almost facetious--compliment. I do consider it art. Really interesting art. Maybe zalgo isn't the best word either but there are people who make hand crafted deliberate "zalgo art" and it was the closest digital analogy that came to mind short. Like I said I think it's really really cool. It's amazingly sophisticated art and what really entertained me about viewing it was that it evoked thoughts of high school word scribbles taken to and entirely new level. I've never seen calligraphy juxtaposed with the real wild things that inspire a given instance of it.

Zalgo? Get off my interlawn.

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