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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 474,926 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Aldus Manutius is the 9th most popular designer (up from 11th in 2019), the 598th most popular biography from Italy (up from 614th 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 9 out of 86Before him are Ferdinand Porsche, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Peter Carl Fabergé, William Morris, and Thomas Andrews. After him are Paco Rabanne, Gerrit Rietveld, László Moholy-Nagy, Michael Thonet, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and Valentino.

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Among people born in 1449, Aldus Manutius ranks 2Before him is Lorenzo de' Medici. After him are George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, Axayacatl, Bona of Savoy, Mandukhai, Sidonie of Poděbrady, Catherine of Poděbrady, and Margaret of Thuringia. Among people deceased in 1515, Aldus Manutius ranks 4Before him are Louis XII of France, Afonso de Albuquerque, and Meñli I Giray. After him are Alonso de Ojeda, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Bartholomew Columbus, Mariotto Albertinelli, Abraham Zacuto, Barbara of Brandenburg, Pietro Lombardo, and Barbara Zápolya.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Aldus Manutius ranks 598 out of 4,668Before him are Matilda of Tuscany (1046), Maria Luisa of Spain (1745), Statius (40), Pope Stephen I (200), Damocles (null), and Pope Miltiades (250). After him are Roberto Baggio (1967), Baldassare Castiglione (1478), Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729), Claudia Octavia (40), Saint Eustace (10), and Olybrius (400).

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), Maurizio Gucci (1948), Nina Ricci (1883), Miuccia Prada (1949), Battista Farina (1893), Salvatore Ferragamo (1898), and Giambattista Bodoni (1740).