Launched just last week, Calligraphica
is the new Tumblr home for calligraphy and hand-drawn type. While you're at it, check out their sister site, Typeverything
''Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains''
is the greatest surviving masterpiece by Huang Gongwang (黄公望 1269-1354), one of the Four Yuan
Masters; considered one of the finest of all Chinese paintings, it served as a model and inspiration for many subsequent literati artists
. The scroll suffered fire damage in the early Qing and was divided into two parts. This summer, a special exhibition
at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan reunited these two portions of Huang's masterwork for the first time in 360 years.
The last hand-written newspaper in the world
- A brief film about The Musalman
, which has been penned in Urdu calligraphy every day since 1927. via CreativeRoots [more inside]
is an evolving category that includes calligraphy, sign painting, graffiti, stone carving, digital lettering, hand lettering, paper sculpture, and type design.
Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy
from the collection of The Library of Congress. 373 individual pieces from ranging in time from the 9th to the 19th Century, all explained and some translated. A few personal favorites (note that very high quality scans can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link after clicking thumbnail): marriage decree
, verses on tragic love
, practice sheet
, verses 10-11 of the 48th chapter of the Qur'an
, poetic verses offering advice
, frontispiece of Qur'anic exegesis
and quatrain by Rumi
. There are also four special presentations: Calligraphers of the Persian Tradition
, Ottoman Calligraphers and Their Works
, Qur’anic Fragments
and Noteworthy Items
. This last presentation also features representational art, for instance images of The battle of Mazandaran
and the Persian king Bahram Gur hunting
beautiful Syrian calligraphy. [more inside]
Famed Arabic calligrapher Khalil al-Zahawi murdered.
(Arabic: خليل الزهاوي; 1946 - 25 May 2007) Khalil al-Zahawi
was the most famous practitioner in Iraq of the art of writing classical Arabic script
. He was shot to death Friday
as he left his home.
The new 'Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean'
site incorporates material from 14 countries through 18 exhibition sites that explore the the cultural and artistic heritage of Islamic dynasties spanning 1200 years. [via]
- computational calligraphy.
are truly a joy to behold. And there are a remarkable number of them available on the web for your viewing pleasure. The most famous illuminated MS is the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
. For galleries with multiple images, try the resources at DScriptorium
, Web Gallery of Art
, and the Leaves of Gold
exhibition. Elyse Boucher
's page is a work-in-progress detailing the history and methods of illuminating books, with both images and secondary sources; see also Sue Wood's Art and Books