Illustrative Art is brought to life in Egypt. The Egyptians, with religious images,  were the first ones to creative this type of art by drawing on papyri. Subsequently, the Romans, with the use of animal leather, mainly calf, created the “scrolls” which are considered today as a primordial form of book.

Over time, illustrative art, or rather the ability of creating this form of art – with one or more images – was used to make a text “clearer” and more understandable: they became the “corollary” used, more and more frequently, sealing a sort of primordial connection between writings and images.

In the Middle Ages, there was an exponential development in the use of illustrations both in scientific texts and in books with technical content. The task of the illustrations, for practical purposes, was to facilitate the reader or the professional in carrying out his work.

With the birth of Modern Art and even before with advertising, Illustrative Art had great development and diffusion. Supporting books, newspapers, posters, etc., it could be seen and admired anywhere furthermore corroborating the contents – both in newspapers and in advertising posters – and specifically to the message that was intended to be transmitted, highlighting it.



Dalila Lazzarini

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