The handwritten copy of the Constitution of the Russian Federation is presented as a calligraphic book

The one and only handwritten copy of the Constitution of the Russian Federation was presented at the International Exhibition of Calligraphy in St. Petersburg. The exclusive calligraphic copy of the Fundamental Law of Russia was executed by a group of calligraphers led by a famous master Pyotr Chobitko. He developed a new special font paying attention to the Russian graphic traditions. A special thick handmade paper, original ink and gold leaf were used to create such a unique manuscript.

Alexey Shaburov, Director of the International Exhibition of Calligraphy project believes that the handwritten copy of the Constitution of the Russian Federation is a masterpiece of Russia's contemporary calligraphy.

Archives are also displayed at the exhibition. According to the handwritten texts of different ages one can trace the formation of writing in Russia, from the 11th century to the 17th century. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the roots of our history.

More than 350 works of the most recognized representatives of calligraphic schools from 24 countries will be demonstrated during the show. Among the major exhibition pieces are beautiful samples of historical manuscripts and manuscripts of famous historical figures placed near modern samples of applied calligraphy: paintings and panels, where letters are the means of expression. Calligraphy is not just good handwriting. Calligraphy is an art, an Israeli calligrapher Avraham Borshevsky believes.

Calligraphy makes us perceive texts in a special way. Let us take human communication, for example. The intonation we pronounce different words with is as important to us as their meaning, and sometimes even more. Calligraphy is the same 'intonation' we write words with. It's such a melody, I would even say, music.

Moreover, everyone will be able to take master classes at the exhibition of calligraphy. Around 40 Russian and foreign calligraphers will give master-classes within the framework of the exhibition. Students and pupils, who are keen on computer technologies, are especially welcomed at the exhibition in order to prevent losing such an essential skill as writing by hand.

Source: Voice of Russia, the Russian Government's International Radio Broadcasting Service