Illuminated Manuscripts “Beyond Words”

“BEYOND WORDS: ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS IN BOSTON COLLECTIONS is the first exhibition to showcase highlights of illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area. An ambitious collaborative project, Beyond Words is notable for the size of its curatorial team, the number of lending institutions, and a multi-venue display. The exhibition presents more than 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed … More Illuminated Manuscripts “Beyond Words”

The Brilliance of Hermann Zapf

By Maryanne Grebenstein — Hermann Zapf (1918-2015), born in Nuremberg, Germany, was one of the greatest calligraphers and type designers who ever lived. He began lettering at age 18 and spent many years studying historic letterforms. With the advent of computers, Hermann Zapf contributed immeasurably to the development of typography using the artful aesthetics derived … More The Brilliance of Hermann Zapf

Can Captain Jack Sparrow Make You a Better Calligrapher?

By Maryanne Grebenstein – I recently had the pleasure of enjoying an exhibition called, “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” at the Heritage Museum and Gardens ( on Cape Cod in Sandwich, Massachusetts. It was interesting and really fun to see some very recognizable costumes: Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow costume is there, as is a … More Can Captain Jack Sparrow Make You a Better Calligrapher?

Once Upon a Time at Château de la Napoule

By Maryanne Grebenstein — The magic begins the moment the château comes into your view as you exit the small, charming train station directly across the street. Before you stands a fascinating château with an arched entryway hinting at the treasures beyond. As you walk its beautiful grounds, you’ll discover one side of the château … More Once Upon a Time at Château de la Napoule