How did book publishing evolve during the Baroque? Why did a publisher like Balthasar Moretus choose to work with prominent artists? And who are the innovators in publishing today?
The new exhibition in Museum Plantin-Moretus, titled “BAROQUE BOOK DESIGN, A tale of friendship and co-operation” showcases the publisher’s passion for his trade, highlighting how he inspired and motivated artists, printers and book designers to create an outstanding product in the past and how his influence is still felt in the present. Several new types of books originated in the sixteenth century. We largely owe this to publishers such as the Plantin-Moretus family, who searched for ways of committing new knowledge and ideas to paper and organising this information. They thought of creative ways of arranging text on a page, about the relationship between images and text, the nature of the title page... Books as we know them today were developed during this era.
Balthasar I Moretus took the next great step in the development of book architecture, working with prominent artists for his book designs. He commissioned illustrations from Peter Paul Rubens for his new Bible.
Nowadays publishers still play a defining role in innovations in book architecture. And even today, the relationship with artists is still very important. The Museum Plantin-Moretus will take you on a tour of some fascinating publishing projects, which take a different approach to books, showing how publishers and artists always work together to reinvent books.
The exhibition showcases the publisher’s passion for his trade, highlighting how he inspired and motivated artists, printers and book designers to create an outstanding product in the past and how his influence is still felt in the present. The museum shares this passion with visitors, in a series of talks, workshops, collection visits and studio visits.
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In the exhibition ‘Sanguine | Blood-red’ the Baroque masters enter into confrontation with leading contemporary artists.