Renaissance Capitals from the University of Minnesota’s Maywald Collection at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
On Display: July 7 – September 30, 2018
Gallery Reception: Saturday, July 7, 5 – 7 pm
Join Hamilton Artistic Director Bill Moran for an exhibit of rare Renaissance initial capitals from the Maywald Collection from the University of Minnesota. The collection, comprised of over 6000 printed book fragments, includes ornamental initials that date from 1470 to 1690. This exhibit demonstrates the unparalleled craftsmanship of wood engravers who created wood type for use in early printing. Claus Maywald, head librarian at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, donated the collection to the University of Minnesota in 2011 where they serve as exemplars of early decorative typography. The exhibit will include dozens of enlarged versions of these capitals as well as a selection of the original printed fragments. Hamilton artistic director Bill Moran will be discussing the collection at an opening reception on Saturday, July 7 in Hamilton’s gallery.
This exhibit is made possible with the support of The Andersen Library Special Collections at the University of Minnesota.