In the 16th century, an Italian artist named Cesare Vecellio began to use the long “fourth” outside edge of books as a canvas on which to make small paintings.
Fore-edge painting had been done since the tenth century as a way of identifying books, but Vacellio may have been the first to push them into art.
We never imagined those edges as a canvas. It has us wishing for lovely, somewhat mysterious bonus on the edge of our books…
…And looking around at the many spaces waiting in plain sight for our creative mark.
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