What is calligraphy?

  • (noun): Beautiful handwriting.
    Synonyms: penmanship


Calligraphy (from Greek κάλλος kallos "beauty" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke (as opposed to built up lettering, in which the letters are drawn.) (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and material limitations of a person, time and place (Diringer 1968: 441). A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet (Fraser and Kwiatkowski 2006; Johnston 1909: Plate 6).

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Some articles on calligraphy:

Lou Zhenggang - Biography - Early Years (-to 1986)
... Lou began to study calligraphy with her father, Lou De Ping, at the age of three ... years early at the Central Academy of Fine Art, where she was taught by masters of calligraphy and ink painting ... won first prize at the National Youth Calligraphy Exhibition in China, and one year later was elected a member of the Chinese Calligrapher’s Association ...
M. J. Alhabeeb - Painting Vs. Calligraphy
... who borrow some of the painting methods and styles, Alhabeeb does not mix calligraphy with painting ... His calligraphy stays close to the classic Arabic and Islamic old school, which is free of any painting techniques ...
Calligraphy - Mayan Glyphs
... Mayan calligraphy was expressed via Mayan hieroglyphs modern Mayan calligraphy is mainly used on seals and monuments in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico ... Yucatán and Quintana Roo, Mayan calligraphy is written in Latin letters ... carved monuments also known as stele are a common source of ancient Mayan calligraphy ...
Sheila Waters
... calligraphic skills under the tutelage of Dorothy Mahoney (assistant to the great pioneer of calligraphy, Edward Johnston) ... She inaugurated the program of calligraphy courses at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C ... She travels extensively, lecturing and teaching workshops for every major calligraphy society in North America between 1972 and 2007 ...