Last updated: 16 May 2016
Chancery cursive (Italic) writing Introduction
Letterforms based on those employed by the Italian
Renaissance scribe Bernardino Cataneo in rendering his
Chancery cursive hand and my adaptation of them.
Go to the Introduction page
Chancery cursive (Italic) Letterforms
"n" values, determining pen nib widths, constructs, slope, spacing, Majuscule flourishing, etc. Go to the Letterform Characteristics & Construction page.
Chancery cursive (Italic) writing exemplars
Selected examplars of my Chancery cursive writing that depict use of various types of pens, nibs, inks (including gouache) and papers. Go to my Chancery cursive (Italic) writing exemplars page.
Chancery cursive (Italic) flourishing exemplars
These exemplars depict my Chancery cursive flourishing
which I delight in rendering so much. Go to my Chancery cursive (Italic)
flourishing exemplars page.
Basic writing techniques & methodologies
Writing position, pen hold and guidelines, etc. Go to the Basic writing techniques & methodologies page
MY HANDWRITING JOURNEY
I was introduced to Calligraphy as a young boy in 1939
during Public School Arts and Crafts classes in
Northern England and was taught the traditional skills.
I relocated frequently after leaving school and only
produced calligraphic renditions sporadically for
I have always been captivated by Italian Renaissance Chancery cursive (Italic) and Humanistic writing hands and have used my adaptations of them daily for some thirty years to write love notes to my wife and letters to my friends and relatives.
I base my own Chancery cursive minuscule writing on the beautiful and elegant hand of Bernardino Cataneo (c. 1544-1560) and use my adaptation of it almost exclusively. I also derive great pleasure in flourishing Majuscule Chancery letters in the manner of Italian Renaissance scribes.
Roman Majuscule (Capital) Lettering
Classic Roman Capital Letterforms (Capitalis Monumentalis) which are at the Apex of the Hierarchy of scripts. Go to the Roman Majuscule (Capital) Lettering page.
Humanistic letterforms & writing
Humanistic minuscule (small Roman) and Majuscule (Capital) letter forms - the minuscule lettera antica of the Italian renaissance. Go to the Humanistic letterforms & writing page.
Featured here is a round hand derived from half-uncial letter forms which is notable for its roundness and evenness. Go to the Bookhand writing page
Humanistic writing exemplars
Selected examplars of my Humanistic and other round hand
writing. Go to my Humanistic writing