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"Lettering" redirects
here. For lettering in
technical drawing, see
Technical lettering. For
lettering in comic books,
see letterer.
Further information:
Handwriting and Script
Calligraphy (from
Ancient Greek: κάλλος
kallos "beauty" and
γραφή graphẽ "writing")
is a 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).
:17 A contemporary
calligraphic practice can
be defined as, "the art
of giving form to signs
in an expressive,
harmonious, and skillful
Modern calligraphy
ranges from functional
inscriptions and designs
to fine-art pieces where
the letters may or may
not be legible.
Classical calligraphy
differs from
typography and non-
classical hand-lettering,
though a calligrapher
may practice both.
Calligraphy continues to
flourish in the forms of
wedding and event
invitations, font design
and typography, original
hand-lettered logo
design, religious art,
announcements, graphic
design and
calligraphic art, cut
stone inscriptions, and
memorial documents. It
is also used for props
and moving images for
film and television,
testimonials, birth and
death certificates,
maps, and other
written works.
Some of the finest
works of modern
calligraphy are charters
and letters patent
issued by monarchs and
officers of state in
various countries.

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