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Drawn with spirit :Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection /Lisa Minardi ; with an interview by Ann Percy.

Collection Type
Minardi, Lisa, 1983- author.
Percy, Ann, interviewer.
Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Foreword / Timothy Rub -- The sixty-year quest: an interview with Joan and Victor Johnson / Ann Percy -- An introduction to pennsylvania German fraktur -- Plates / photography by Graydon Wood.
Among the most beloved forms of American folk art, fraktur is a Germanic tradition of decorated manuscripts and printed documents noted for its use of bold colors and whimsical motifs. This publication makes a landmark contribution to the study of Pennsylvania German fraktur, and offers the most comprehensive study of the topic in over 50 years. The featured objects, most of which have never been published, accompany significant new information about the artists who made these works and the people who owned them. An introductory essay sets the renowned Johnson Collection within the context of collecting and scholarship on Pennsylvania German folk art and then highlights major new discoveries, including connections between fraktur and related examples of furniture and prints. An interview with the collectors offers valuable insights into the formation of this special group of objects, which includes birth and baptismal certificates, bookplates, religious texts, writing samples, house blessings, cutworks, and printed broadsides. The splendid color illustrations reveal schools of artistic and regional influence, giving a nuanced understanding of how artists took inspiration from one another and how designs were transferred to new locations. Detailed catalogue entries include extensive information about each piece as well as complete translations. Exhibition: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA (01.02.-26.04.2015).-- Source other than Library of Congress.
ix, 363 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Drawn with spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, February 1-April 26, 2015"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-353) and index.
Call Number
Coll. ND3035.P4 M56 2015
Other People and Orgs
Johnson, Joan
Johnson, Victor
Descriptive terms
Art collections
Fraktur art
Fraktur art Private collections
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Pennsylvania Dutch
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