Aldus Manutius

1449 - 1515

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Aldus Pius Manutius (; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; c. 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian printer and humanist who founded the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts. His interest in and preservation of Greek manuscripts mark him as an innovative publisher of his age dedicated to the editions he produced. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aldus Manutius has received more than 492,922 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Aldus Manutius is the 10th most popular designer (down from 9th in 2019), the 582nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 596th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Italian Designer.

He is most famous for inventing the italic typeface.

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Among designers, Aldus Manutius ranks 10 out of 104Before him are Giorgio Armani, Peter Carl Fabergé, Gianni Versace, Thomas Andrews, Paco Rabanne, and William Morris. After him are Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgetto Giugiaro, László Moholy-Nagy, Michael Thonet, Valentino, and Georg Elser.

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Among people born in 1449, Aldus Manutius ranks 2Before him is Lorenzo de' Medici. After him are Sankardev, George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, Axayacatl, Sidonie of Poděbrady, Bona of Savoy, Catherine of Poděbrady, Mandukhai, and Margaret of Thuringia. Among people deceased in 1515, Aldus Manutius ranks 3Before him are Louis XII of France, and Afonso de Albuquerque. After him are Meñli I Giray, Alonso de Ojeda, Bartholomew Columbus, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Mariotto Albertinelli, Abraham Zacuto, Barbara Zápolya, Barbara of Brandenburg, and Pietro Lombardo.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Aldus Manutius ranks 582 out of 5,161Before him are Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (1492), Matilda of Tuscany (1046), Pierluigi Collina (1960), Clara Petacci (1912), Anna Magnani (1908), and Giuseppe Farina (1906). After him are Tibullus (-50), Hiero II of Syracuse (-308), Titus Tatius (-800), Julius Evola (1898), Muzio Clementi (1752), and Bona Sforza (1494).

Among DESIGNERS In Italy

Among designers born in Italy, Aldus Manutius ranks 4Before him are Antonio Stradivari (1644), Giorgio Armani (1934), and Gianni Versace (1946). After him are Giorgetto Giugiaro (1938), Valentino (1932), Nina Ricci (1883), Miuccia Prada (1949), Battista Farina (1893), Salvatore Ferragamo (1898), Giambattista Bodoni (1740), and Laura Biagiotti (1943).