The Assisi Printer

October 8, 2012 12:42 pm Published by 2 Comments

Gastone Vignati at work

Over eighty years old, Gastone Vignati is a retired printer now doing what he loves: lineoleum-block prints of “the city I so love, my Assisi”. As a young boy, Vignati worked alongside his father in the family print shop as his father had once done with his father. Pino and I came to the Assisi in the mid’1970’s and I still remember the print shop near the main square with the noise of all the machines, the smell of ink. Signor Vignati might have been working there then but I only have a vague memory of him. He probably looked much as he does today: no wrinkles yet in his face.

Type-set of the Vignati family, over 100 years old

When you are walking along the Via San Francesco, do stop in at the Arte Stampa (“art of printing”) shop. If Signor Vignati is there, he will proudly show you the presses and the type-set which have been in the family for over one hundred years. He might even show you how he creates his linoleum-block prints. If a young woman is there, it must be Stefania, his daughter. She paints any prints in the store which have colorful highlights. “Pace e bene” (“peace and good”), the St. Francis greeting is one. Stefania also adds color to the lovely bookmarks, the initials on them done with the ancient typset of the family.

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  • Kathleen Moffatt says:

    I am a Franciscan Sister from the USA
    MAY I have copyright permission to use several of the woodcut art of Mr. Vignaiti. Over the years I have purchased MANY of the beautiful woodcuts. One of our University Professors is writing a book to introduce Franciscan STUDIES to College students. I would like to have permission to use the woodcuts. I will gladly send you a copy of the book when printed.

    It is bring published by the Franciscan Institute Publications, St Bonaventure NY


  • Glad to be of help and yes, such talent, Signor Vignati!

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