Synopses & Reviews
This unique archive, the largest of its kind, carefully reproduces 537 exquisite copyright-free illustrations from one of the most inventive eras of Italian book illustration. Included are 67 designs for initials; 32 incorporating books; 12 of the zodiac; 14 related to music; 60 with animals; 114 with people; and 138 other highly usable designs including frames, labels, and cartouches.
Noted artist and illustrator Carol Belanger Grafton has painstakingly selected the illustrations with an eye toward retaining the finest works from the rare original Italian editions and providing those designs that will best serve the needs of today's artists and designers. All have been printed on high-quality stock to insure a superior image when used as camera-ready art. For ease of reference, the illustrations have been grouped into convenient categories.
Artists, illustrators, designers, anyone looking for exciting, unusual designs to enliven their arts and crafts projects will delight in this versatile, inexpensive collection of rare, copyright-free motifs featuring the most popular styles of the early 20th century—Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and more.
Original Dover (1986) publication. 537 black-and-white illustrations. Based on material edited by Cesare Ratta in Gli adornatori del libro in Italia and L'arte del libro e della rivista nei paesi D'Europa e d'America.
Rare, royalty-free initials, musical motifs, animals, borders, frames, more. Art Nouveau, Art Deco, other styles.
More than 570 authentic Art Nouveau designs specially selected for artists and designers. Ranging in size from full-page illustrations to borders, headpieces, tailpieces, and initials; all clearly reproduced in black-and-white line. Designs include: florals, landscapes, figures, etc. from artists such as Klimt, Bradley, Auriol, Larcombe, and many more.
Unique archive reproduces 537 exquisite images featuring the most popular styles of Italian book illustration from the early 20th century: decorative initials, zodiac signs, musical motifs, animals, people, frames, labels, and more.