Penna volans Discovered: Analysis of a New Exemplar of Calligraphic Virtuosity by Baldericus van Horicke (Brussels, ca. 1616) Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2022

start page

  • 130

end page

  • 161


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2381-5329

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2380-1190


  • This article analyses an unpublished manuscript (here referred to as the Cuaderno EspaƱol) discovered in a private collection in Madrid, which contains eight folios of calligraphy by the hand of Baldericus van Horicke (†1643), a noted writing master active primarily at the court of the Archdukes of Austria in Brussels. A detailed paleographical study of the new manuscript enhances our knowledge of this exceptional virtuoso of the pen, who practiced at the height of the golden age of the writing arts in Europe. Additionally, such an analysis demonstrates how these calligraphic materials were used to teach the art of writing from the seventeenth century onwards.


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