Giambattista Bodoni

1740 - 1813

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Giambattista Bodoni (, Italian: [dʒambatˈtista boˈdoːni]; 16 February 1740 – 30 November 1813) was an Italian typographer, type-designer, compositor, printer, and publisher in Parma. He first took the type-designs of Pierre Simon Fournier as his exemplars, but afterwards became an admirer of the more modelled types of John Baskerville; and he and Firmin Didot evolved a style of type called "Modern", in which the letters are cut in such a way as to produce a strong contrast between the thick and thin parts of their body. Bodoni designed many typefaces, each one in a large range of type sizes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giambattista Bodoni has received more than 164,663 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Giambattista Bodoni is the 34th most popular designer, the 1,781st most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,609th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Italian Designer.

Giambattista Bodoni is most famous for being a printer and type designer. He was born in 1740 and died in 1813. He is most famous for his work with the letter type, which is used to this day.

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Among designers, Giambattista Bodoni ranks 34 out of 104Before him are Iris Apfel, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, Pierre Balmain, Claude Garamond, Dieter Rams, and Salvatore Ferragamo. After him are Josiah Wedgwood, Alexander McQueen, Beau Brummell, Jeanne Lanvin, Mariano Fortuny, and Adrian Frutiger.

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Among people born in 1740, Giambattista Bodoni ranks 11Before him are Isabelle de Charrière, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Jeanne Baret, Johann van Beethoven, Johann Jacob Schweppe, and Carl Michael Bellman. After him are Bernard-René Jourdan de Launay, Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein, James Boswell, John Latham, and Matthias Claudius. Among people deceased in 1813, Giambattista Bodoni ranks 18Before him are Rose Bertin, George Shaw, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Jean-Andoche Junot, Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, and Jean-Baptiste Bessières. After him are Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger, Géraud Duroc, Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, Princess Augusta of Great Britain, Johann Christian Reil, and Anton Bernolák.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giambattista Bodoni ranks 1,781 out of 5,161Before him are Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet (1588), Oswald von Wolkenstein (1377), Francesco Solimena (1657), Rocco Granata (1938), John, Duke of Durazzo (1294), and Peter Krešimir IV of Croatia (null). After him are Vittoria della Rovere (1622), Wacho (500), Aulus Hirtius (-90), Arturo Merzario (1943), Emilio de' Cavalieri (1550), and Princess Luisa Carlotta of Naples and Sicily (1804).

Among DESIGNERS In Italy

Among designers born in Italy, Giambattista Bodoni ranks 11Before him are Giorgetto Giugiaro (1938), Valentino (1932), Nina Ricci (1883), Miuccia Prada (1949), Battista Farina (1893), and Salvatore Ferragamo (1898). After him are Laura Biagiotti (1943), Enzo Mari (1932), Milena Canonero (1946), Piero Tosi (1927), Stefano Gabbana (1962), and Chiara Ferragni (1987).