Early modern book publishing/printing is often thought of as a male trade. However, women played an important role. In a time where most women had very limited agency, widow-printers had a unique position in society. M.V., named after printer Mayken Verhulst, is a visual exploration of this important phenomenon. The drawings are abstract versions of book pages designed by architect Sebastiano Serlio and published by Verhulst in 1553. They’re a way of bringing her efforts back to modern viewers.
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