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Gutenberg [Gensfleisch zur Laden], Johann

Gutenberg [Gensfleisch zur Laden], Johann (c.1394–99)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
484 words
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... [Gensfleisch zur Laden], Johann [ Johannes ] ( b Mainz , c. 1394–99 ; d Mainz , 1468 ). German printer . Trained as a goldsmith, he left Mainz for Strasbourg c. 1428 as a political exile. A lawsuit of 1439 indicates that while in Strasbourg he began experimenting with printing techniques. Gutenberg was back in Mainz on 17 October 1448 and by 1450 had begun a commercial printing venture employing his inventions of movable metal type cast in separate letters and a type-casting machine. He was financed by a lawyer, johann Fust , who also...

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