Messung is a pioneering work in scientific illustration; this treaty
contains over 150 woodcuts, including outstanding examples of orthographic
projection and several of Dürers most intriguing designs.
It presents a wide range of geometric subjects, with the
basics of linear, plane, and solid geometry laying a foundation for
applications in architecture and art, including the construction of columns
and the rendering of Roman and Fraktur letterforms.
The Underweysung der Messung ends with the
artists famous analysis of lettering, the earliest attempt to describe
typographic design with vectors based on precise numeric values.
Though Dürer concentrates on the anlaysis of the Roman
capital letters, he does devote a few pages to the rendering and the analysis
of Fraktur letterforms.
Based on those pages, I digitalised the font presented here.
Albrecht Dürer, German painter, engraver and draftsman,
is one of the most celebrated artists of the Northern Renaissance.
Dürers reputation spread throughout Europe during
his lifetime, beyond his native city of Nuremberg, a thriving center of trade
Like Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer became deeply involved in
scientific and mathematical studies; his application of scientific principles
to the creation of art marks the beginning of art theory in Northern Europe and
of scientific writing in Germany.
Dürers Fraktur Specimen (140
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I n the judegement of
well-informed scholars, Fraktur is considered a fusion of Textur and
Schwabacher letterforms. The characterisitcs of Textur are
evident in the minuscules of Fraktur.
Schwabacher is a black-letter form that was much used in
early German print typefaces. It continued to be used occasionally until the
Digitalised copy, from the Sächsische Landesbibliothek.
Staats- und Universitatsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB):
The first Fraktur typeface was designed when Emperor
Maximilian I (14931519) established a series of books and had a new
typeface created specifically for this purpose, designed by Hieronymus Andreae.
Fraktur quickly overtook the earlier Schwabacher and Textur
typefaces in popularity, and a wide variety of Fraktur fonts were carved.
It became common in the German-speaking world and areas
under German influence (Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Central Europe).
Prasentation of Dürers Font (670 Kb)
Albert Kapr. Fraktur. Form und Geschichte der gebrochenen
Schriften. Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 1993.
Bain, Peter and Paul Shaw. Blackletter: Type and National
Identity. Princeton Architectural Press: 1998.
Silvia Hartmann: Fraktur oder Antiqua. Der Schriftstreit
von 1881 bis 1941, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main u. a. 1998 (2. üb. A.