Baroque typography is highly refined and theatrical, evolving the classical
forms of Renaissance letters toward a mannered and affected presentation.
Textura and script forms with extremes of contrast are common examples
of this style, enhanced by highly stylized joints, modulation, and exaggerated
ductus in their strokes. Extended serif faces, in which the serifs are larger
or more pronounced than in less stylized forms, convey a theatrical quality
associated with Baroque architecture: grand, formal, and exuberant. With
the Age of Enlightenment following rapidly on the heels of the Baroque
era, transitional serif faces—with sharp terminals, pronounced stroke con-
trast, and a more upright (as opposed to oblique) axis in the curved forms
such as O and Q—bring a Baroque quality to the evolution of the serif into
its modern form of extreme contrast. Baroque characters tend toward
Roman square-capital proportion but are slightly more uniform in overall
width relative to each other.
The Baroque era expanded on the cultural rebirth of the Renaissance
and its humanistic expression in elaborate detail, emotional and refined
decoration, and rich, exaggerated color.
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