Italic writing based on the Chancery Cursive hand of Bernardino Cataneo
Italic handwriting for everyday use, Cataneo's chancery cursive hand and my adaptation of it, developing Italic handwriting skills, glossary of terms. Go to the Introduction page
Basics - Techniques & Methodologies
Writing position and surfaces, pen hold, guidelines and templates, using flexible nib fountain pens, references for left-handed writers, etc. Go to the Basics - Techniques & Methodologies page
Letterform Characteristics & Construction
"n" values, determining pen nib widths, constructs, slope, spacing, Majuscule flourishing, etc. Go to the Letterform Characteristics & Construction page.
Practice and actual Writing
Edward Johnston's admonition: "Useful practice is the making of real things", development & preparation. Go to the Practice and actual Writing page.
Italic writing using Fountain Pens
Employing "out of the box" fountain pens with "iridium tipped" nibs - notes relating to pen hold and nib selection. Go to the Italic writing using Fountain Pens page.
Random Notes with scanned Exemplars
Random Notes accompanied by Scanned captioned Exemplars that depict renditions using various types of pens, inks and papers. Go to the Random Notes with scanned Exemplars page.
Supplemental Writing Hands
For use with Italic Handwriting. Humanistic Majuscule (Capitals) and minuscule (small Roman) letter forms. Go to the Supplemental Writing Hands page.
Recent updates & additions
Date format: Year-Month-Day
2013-12-18 - Updated this page.
2013-12-18 - Revised information on several pages.
All pages are non-commercial, have W3C validated markup & style sheets and are accessible to people with disabilities. Compatible with smart phones and small screen devices.
Page layout on this site
Much of the typewritten text content on the pages of this site is justified which, while producing a nicely balanced layout, results in occasional uneven white spacing between words.
Bernardino Cataneo was Writing Master (maestro di scrivere) at the University of Siena, Italy, c. 1544-1560. The only known surviving exemplars of his writing are twenty vellum leaves bound in a manuscript copybook, dated 4 February 1545, which has been published in facsimile with explanatory notes by Stephen Harvard, the eminent calligrapher and designer.
Book hand writing
The humanistic minuscule letter forms originally formulated by Poggio Bracciolini and subsequently refined by contemporary scribes. Here depicted as a Book hand somewhat based on seventh century half-uncial letter forms as modernized by Edward Johnston, which is notable for its roundness and evenness. Link to my Book hand writing page
Roman Imperial Coin Lettering
Roman Capitalis Monumentalis lettering as adapted by the coin engravers of the Roman Empire. Go to the Roman Coin Lettering page.
Roman Document writing
As practiced during the 3rd and 4th Centuries. Link to my Roman Document writing page
Handwritten Italic Reference Books
Printed Italic Reference Books