How has technology impacted the relationship between word and image?
The invention of moveable type in the fifteenth century was a watershed moment in history. The ability to produce printed material in mass quantity not only led to increased literacy rates, but also had a major impact on visual culture. Through prints, artists could share works and techniques across long distances and a wider segment of the population could afford to own art than ever before. It is often suggested that the trade-off for these beneficial developments was the death of the “art” of writing and lettering. The two examples seen here, however, attest that mechanical reproduction never entirely erased the desire or the attempt to bring an artistic element to words.