Design for the periodical Múzeumi és Könyvtári Értesítő (Museum and Library Bulletin)

Henrik Darilek

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

Among the works of Henrik Darilek, there are three sketches made for the coverpage of the periodical Muzeumi és Könyvtári Értesítő (Museum and Library Gazette). All the three are vertical rectangles, following the form of the gazette yet Darilek managed to create innovative variants for the headline, the colophon, the pictoral decoration and arrangement. All the three sketches are drawn with clear lines and composition, using decorative, stylized elements.

The most significant element of the second sketch is the initial. The capital M is embodied in the figure of Minerva, who wears an ornamental dress similar to those of Byzantine empresses. She holds an ornamental goblet in her right, with Nike, the goddess of victory on its cover. In her left, she holds a book, the symbol of knowledge. The two ends of her stole hang deeply down, reaching the letters of the colphon, creating a columnar ornament on the left side. The large capital letters of the headline are aligned to the right, surmounted by a rectangular, beneath a squareshaped empty field to give the eyes some relief.


  • Title: Design for the periodical Múzeumi és Könyvtári Értesítő (Museum and Library Bulletin)
  • Creator: Henrik Darilek
  • Creator Lifespan: 1878-1963
  • Date Created: circa 1910
  • Location Created: Stuttgart
  • Physical Dimensions: 27 x 18 cm; 27 x 18 cm; 27 x 18 cm
  • Subject Keywords: applied arts, typography, Art Nouveau, design
  • Type: artifact
  • Rights: CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, 2022
  • External Link: Henrik Darilek, Art Nouveau Artefacts (thematic collection), Art Nouveau on Paper
  • Medium: cardboard
  • Art Genre: applied arts
  • Art Movement: Art Nouveau

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