Dulcinea font by Ramiro Espinoza (Re-Type foundry) is named after “Dulcinea del Toboso”, the fictional beauty from Miguel de Cervantes’s ‘Don Quixote’, a work that reveals many of the period’s conflicts, such as the contrast between utopian ideals and reality, uncertainty and madness. “Dulcinea” is also the title of Ramiro Espinoza’s in-depth study on the Spanish Baroque calligraphy’s most extreme tendencies, and especially on some of those produced by the writing masters Pedro Díaz Morante and Juan Claudio Aznar de Polanco. These 17th and 18th centuries alphabets with their plentiful calligraphic flourishes represented a marked break with the harmonic and angular Renaissance Cancellaresca style.
It was Morante who first introduced and popularized the use of the pointed quill in Spain, and although his famous text entitled “Arte Nueva de escribir” – first volume published in 1616 – contains alphabets that have much in common with traditional broad nib Cancellaresca calligraphy, most of the examples therein are outgrowths of the new models put forward by the Italian master Gianfrancesco Cresci.
The lettering swashes are complex and intricate, but at the same time they feature a profusion of defects. Many of them sometimes come close to ugliness. However, these pages contain an artistic essence that bears a relationship to the ironic and sometimes somber character of Spanish Baroque.
Dulcinea font however is neither just a revival , nor a mere digitalization of a script. In fact, the typeface’s author says that had the font been created that way it would have been too archaic to serve as acceptable contemporary typography. However, he believes that there are myriad interesting details that can be rescued and preserved, along with the playful spirit of the original.
Dulcinea font creation process consisted of combining original historical elements with the creativity and calligraphy craftsmanship of its author in order to produce a modern typography that isn’t based on the same traditional sources as many recently created scripts fonts.
Dulcinea font provides a plenty of texts setting and headlines options: generous ligatures and swashes along with intricate alternate characters. Its sophisticated and gracious shapes make it a prefect choice for ladies’ magazines, recipe books, lingerie products and luxury packaging.
Designers: Ramiro Espinoza