The Florentine Set -- Beata,
Donatello & Ghiberti historical type designs based on the early Florentine Renaissance
"Paul Shaw and Garrett Boge bring
passion, diligent scholarship, and impeccable craftsmanship
to their series of historical reinterpretations." -- Philip Meggs, PRINT Magazine
[Excerpts are from a review by Philip B. Meggs of The Florentine Set, which
appeared in PRINT magazine, June 1998.]
Beata's delicately slender letters have exquisite
Donatello is a classically proportioned
design...with affinities to Hermann Zapf's 1958 Optima.
Perched somewhere between a sans serif and
classical Roman letter, with a rich variety of formal themes, Ghiberti exudes a subtle
Although intended for titling, the Florentine fonts
have excellent legibility in small sizes and could even be used for short text settings
where typographic eloquence is required. Their conventional use will be display settings
when dignity, tradition, or honor need to be conveyed.
[Philip Meggs is School of the Arts Research Professor
at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and author of A History of Graphic
new Florentine Set - consisting of three original type designs: Beata, Donatello and
Ghiberti - is the second release in the Legacy of Letters series of type designs modeled
on historical lettering styles. This suite of fonts - original and unique styles
refreshingly suited to contemporary publishing - takes its inspiration from the
distinctive sans serif inscriptional lettering of the early Florentine Renaissance.
Included in the set for a limited time is a bonus fourth font, Donatello Alternates. All
four fonts were designed by Paul Shaw in collaboration with Garrett Boge over a two-year
period of careful research, design and production.
Beata is a delicate, attenuated design with elegant proportions.
It is modeled on the inscription for the tomb of Beata Villana by sculptor Bernardo
Rossellino, dated 1451, in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Beata is an
ideal choice for dressing large display settings in a refined or feminine voice.
Donatello is a clean, classically-proportioned design with subtly-tapered strokes. It was
inspired by the lettering on the fifteenth-century cantoria by Luca della Robbia in the
Museum of the Duomo in Florence. This sturdy and most characteristic Florentine style is
bundled with the complementary Donatello Alternates, offering a versatile and lucid
palette for setting titles, headings and short runs of text.
Ghiberti is a contemporary interpretation of the bold Florentine
lettering used with inlaid marble and cast bronze inscriptions of the fourteenth and
fifteenth centuries. It is named after sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti whose signature on his
bronze doors for the Baptistery shows an early use of this strong style. Its wedged-shaped
terminals and boldly tapered stems lend strength and sparkle to titling at any size.
Each typeface consists of both full-sized caps and small caps,
extensive kern pairs, and complete character sets. They are available in PostScript and
TrueType formats for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. The retail price is $45 per
face with a special bundled price of $99 for the set of four, or $150 for the collector's
edition which includes: the four fonts; a booklet with an essay by lettering historian
Nicolete Gray, "Sans Serif and Other Experimental Inscribed Lettering of the Early
Renaissance"; and a duotone print of a rubbing of the Beata Villana tombstone.
These fonts may be purchased direct by calling or faxing
LetterPerfect: (US & Canada) 800-929-1951; (international) 001-206-467-7275.