The above drawings show an example of Lombardic letters. The Lombardic letters were a development by the Italians of the old Roman cursive letters. Most types that are based on them are stiff and formal. Typographers have been mindful of this and have attempted to make the forms less ornate than some of the original painted letters, which frequently lost their typical characteristics, and showed a tendency to confusion and illegibility, by being fattened and overburdened with ornament. Lombardic Capitals may adequately serve as an alternate letter to replace the natural black letter capitals when a touch of elegance is desirable. Used by themselves they do not usually combine well in words or sentences, and they were not intended to be so used.
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