August 27th is the Feast Day of Saint Curlicue, patron of small embellishments. Much worshiped by Baroque artists, Saint Curlicue is invoked by the designers of architectural details and the makers of serif fonts. The story goes that Saint Curlicue went slowly blind over the course of two decades while embellishing a beautiful illuminated manuscript for the Pope. Upon delivering the manuscript that he could no longer see, he miraculously regained his sight. He promptly set to work on another such manuscript, but was eventually martyred by severe eye strain. His story is a cautionary tale not to rely too frequently on divine intervention.

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