From Yale University Press comes a gorgeous museum exhibition catalog—Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture. The 320-page volume features a stunning array of illustrations celebrating the work of Sir Anthony van Dyck, the Flemish Baroque artist renowned for his portrait work for seventeenth-century royals and other luminaries.
Published in association with the Frick Collection, the book includes two essays, more than 100 detailed catalog entries, a complete bibliography, and a scholarly index.
Designer Susan Marsh, who specializes in scholarly art books and catalogs, chose MVB Verdigris® for the cover and interior typography (set by Matt Mayerchak). “Aside from how beautiful and stylistically appropriate it is, I was grateful for the legibility because the manuscript was at least a third longer than expected, but I had to fit it in the original page count,” Marsh said.
Normally, Marsh would have used a larger point size and more leading in the catalog entries, but was happy with the appearance of those texts thanks to Verdigris’ compact design.
Due to the scholarly nature of the Van Dyck catalog, Marsh made extensive use of Verdigris’ OpenType features, artfully weaving in the family’s small caps, ligatures, proportional and tabular old-style figures, superior figures, fractions, and diacritical marks.
“Verdigris Pro is a perfect typeface for this book,” Marsh said. “The beautiful display sizes mirror the elegance of Van Dyck’s paintings, while the text weights are lovely, sturdy, and very legible at small sizes.”
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