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Hermann Zapf
Palatino Nova
Original designs for Palatino Italic with pasted-on test prints

Pictured above is Hermann Zapf’s original drawing for 36 pt Palatino Italic in metal, circa 1948-50. The typeface, originally named Medici-Kursiv, was later called Palatino after Giovanbattista Palatino, a contemporary of Michelangelo and Claude Garamond. Palatino was a writing master in sixteenth-century Rome. Although inspired by Roman letterforms, Zapf says that Palatino Nova is not a historic revival of a Renaissance type. It’s a redesign of Zapf’s original Palatino, which has its own unique appearance.

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