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Okay, and the last stop on our tour is the study.
Wow, this is incredible. Look at all the books! And what's all this stuff on the desk?
That's my calligraphy gear: ink, paper, brushes, and an inkstone. We call them the Four Treasures.
Amazing. It looks so graceful yet chaotic at the same time.
Balance and rhythm are essential in calligraphy. At its very heart, it's all about correct strokes, stroke order, and character structure.
I was pretty good at handwriting in school, but I'm not sure I could ever do this.
Well, calligraphy requires a high level of concentration and patience, things which I think are invaluable to a person's refinement.
So, in a way it's a kind of aesthetic meditation?
That's it exactly!
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The origin of the term "calligraphy"
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. The term may derive from the Greek words for “beauty” (kallos) and “to write” (graphein). It implies a sure knowledge of the correct form of letters along with the skill to make and properly order the various parts and proportions harmoniously. However, calligraphic work, as art, need not be legible in the usual sense of the word.
Nonetheless, after the introduction of printing in Europe in the mid-15th century, a clear distinction arose between handwriting and more elaborate forms of scripts and lettering. In fact, new words meaning “calligraphy” entered most European languages around the end of the 16th century, and in English the word calligraphy did not appear until 1613.