Modern Advertisement

At the MET, I briefly saw a 20th century advertisement for a Venetian Jeweler. I was very intrigued to see the coloring and decorative nature of this poster compared to contemporary posters, which from what I’ve seen are amazing but show less detail than older posters do. A. Melo,Design for a Poster or Advertisement for the Venetian Jeweler Pallotti, 1900–1920This poster was created by A. Melo in the early 20th century. It was done with pen, ink, watercolor, and silver and gold paint. Based on the MET description, this Venetian jeweler, Pallotti, was founded in 1846 . Its customers were usually wealthy tourists passing through rather than wealthy families who lived in Italy. Therefore, there are many countries that have these posters and/or many posters that had different languages on them. In this case, this poster is written in French.

I enjoy the precise details that are included in this poster. Everything is colorful, and the colors work with each other. Additionally, the typography is beautiful.

I looked up a modern day jeweler’s poster and one example I found was this:

Dora Men Wedding Bands Poster

Image from Dora

This is a more specific type of poster, focusing on just men’s wedding rings from Dora but you can see the difference. A majority of the posters we have now are a lot more simple and to the point. They capture our attention by being easy to understand. Plus, the technology we have now allows us to create interesting and unique designs that are more difficult to capture through hand drawing.

Personally, I prefer the older version of advertisement, especially from the 19th and 20th century. They have a more personal touch, especially because many of them are handmade and show extensive details. Today there are some posters that are like this, being handmade and personal, but more often than not they are digitally made to be created in large qualities and quickly distributed to get the idea and products across.


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