Printouts and Publishing Projects
Our Idea of a Tailored Book
Urbino and Print Outlines
If, in 1455, Gutenberg began the printing revolution that we all know, surpassing the handwritten papers of notaries and merchants, such as Boccaccio, it was Aldo Manunzio (Aldus Pius Manutius – Italian publisher and humanist) one of the first green-thinkers, who invented Italic script and pioneered the use of the Octavo to save both time and paper. And, in another Italian-Germanic pairing, Federico II assigned Urvinum Metaurense on the two hills, once home to the tribus Stellatina – URBS BINA – to the Montefeltro family in 1213. From Popes (Clement XI), to the Borgias and the Della Rovere family, and even the Malatestas, Urbino was passed back and forth from one Shining scenario to another, from a light at the end of the tunnel to a dim bulb in the darkness. Luckily, there was a period of Montefeltro rule in this darkness, and particularly, Federico. With his Ducal Palace and Library, the Duke brought together arts and works by Piero Della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Raphael, and lots of established architects. Urbino was celebrated and branded as the “Ideal City” on a worldwide scale. Federico had already understood that books emphasise brand identity and, from selfies with books to literary salons at court, he collected his famous library, strictly consisting of manuscripts. The Duke had prohibited all use of mobile characters (by edict) which makes us think that the knight of the Garter, who loved to be painted with a volume in his hand, never invited Gutenberg to his party – Federico’s library was one of the most important messages we have on the role of 15th-century culture in all its excellence.
The Magic of Colour
The Mystery of Black and White
At the main facility, Lorenzo is the one who focuses on the contrasts of black and white, the adjustments of background and foreground blurs. Between his creative control and skill in the separation of planes and contrasts, together with dosing the ink, he has perfected the shadow areas and all the different tones of black. Equilibriums are not always so mysterious.
Silvia and Christina are happy to answer your questions, your requests for quotes and even to invite you for a coffee at their main premises inside the city walls, Urbino.
A.G.E. Ars Graphica Et cetera
Silvia Argalìa / Christina Magnanelli Weitensfelder
T +39 0722.328733 (2 linee)
WhatsApp +39 345.7427218
Via della Stazione, 41 – 61029 Urbino (PU) ITALY