What did artisans study in the days when laborious decoration was the mainstay of their livelihood? Here's one
Nineteenth century model sheets
Johann Theodor de Bry’s Neiw Kunstliches Alphabet (1595)
In the late 19th century, Carl Hrachowina (1845-1896) taught at the Arts and Crafts School in Vienna. Among his students were Franz von Matsch and Gustav Klimt (whose portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer fetched the highest known price for a painting in June 2006). He selected and published a series of study aids.
His course materials for artists and craftmen provide a foundation of baroque ornament. They reflect three centuries of an unbroken tradition in decorative arts.
Model sheets for Arts and Crafts: Johann Theodor de Bry's Neiw Kunstliches Alphabet, 1595 is a reprint of Vorlagen für das Kunstgewerbe, Herausgegeban von Carl Hrachowina. 1. Band. Künstliches Alphabet von J. Th. de Bry. Wien, Verlag von Carl Graeser, 1886.
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