Thursday, May 2, 2013
Out of the Jurisdiction: Plantin-Moretus Museum
The Plantin and Moretus families established a printing business in Antwerp in the 16th century and operated it successfully as a family-run business for more than 300 years. The secret to their success was that in each generation they selected the most talented son to run the business, not necessarily the oldest. The elegant family home occupies an entire block in Antwerp.
Today the museum in the family home houses the two oldest existing printing presses with moveable type, the company's archives, a huge collection of books from the earliest days of printing, a massive library, and centuries of artwork, furniture and household effects. It is worth setting aside several hours to appreciate the artistry of the books they produced.