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Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813)

Giambattista Bodoni

Information about the typeface designer Giambattista Bodoni and his fonts.

Born near Turin, Giambattista Bodoni was the fourth son of a master printer. He was made director of the Royal Printing House of the Duke of Parma. No printer was more acclaimed in his own lifetime than Giambattista Bodoni. He did away with old-style letters and introduced a new clear simple type - the Modern typeface. The roman letter he cut in 1798 is usually what we mean by a Bodoni.

His type was characterised by a severe simplicity. In his influential Manuale Tipografico of 1818, he laid down the four principles of type design "from which all beauty would seem to proceed", which were: regularity, cleanness, good taste, and charm.

His masterpiece was Homer's Iliad, which was dedicated to Napoleon who made him a Chevalier. He died while at work on his Manuale. Bodoni's influence was enormous and his design held sway throughout the 19th century. In 1907, Morris Fuller Benton recut Bodoni (BT) which is still in use today.

"Beauty is founded on harmony, subordinate to the critique of reason."


Fonts designed by Giambattista Bodoni:

EF Bauer Bodoni
Bauer Bodoni
Bauer Bodoni (BT)
Bauer Bodoni (URW)
Bauer Bodoni Black
Bauer Bodoni Black Condensed
Bauer Bodoni Bold
Bauer Bodoni Bold (URW)
URW Bodoni
EF Bodoni
Bodoni (BT)
Bodoni Antiqua
Bodoni Antiqua Bold
Bodoni Classic
Bodoni Classic Ad
Bodoni Classic Chancery
Bodoni Classic Hand
Bodoni Classic Initials
Bodoni Classic Text
Bodoni Classico
ITC Bodoni Ornaments
Bodoni Poster
Bodoni Poster Compressed
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two (EF)
ITC Bodoni Six
ITC Bodoni Six (EF)
Bodoni TS
ITC Bodoni Twelve
ITC Bodoni Twelve (EF)
Linotype Gianotten
CG Poster Bodoni

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