a fine Italian hand

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a fine Italian hand

1. The refined style of penmanship that replaced Gothic script in parts of Europe starting in the 17th century. I can't understand any of the old Gothic texts we're archiving. Thank goodness for the ones written in a fine Italian hand that I can actually read!
2. By extension, a skill in a distinct field. Jenna's brushstrokes are so beautiful, you wouldn't mistake her work for anyone else's. She should major in art because she truly has a fine Italian hand in that area. Alex may think he has a fine Italian hand as a spy, but I knew he planted the note because it smelled of his cologne!
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References in classic literature ?
The Italians were cut off from the shore, which was fully a mile away at its nearest point.
The Italians were already half-way down the ship's length; but the stiff breeze at our back drove us after them far faster than they could row.
And it is not to be wondered at if none of the above-named Italians have been able to accomplish all that is expected from your illustrious house; and if in so many revolutions in Italy, and in so many campaigns, it has always appeared as if military virtue were exhausted, this has happened because the old order of things was not good, and none of us have known how to find a new one.
I enjoyed them, however, and I enjoyed them the more, as the innumerable perspectives of Italian history began to open all about me.
I did not see him after he ceased to read Dante with me, and in fact I was instructed by the suspicions of my Italian friends to be careful how I consorted with a priest, who might very well be an Austrian spy.
My faith was implicit in my mother's exposition of the Italian character.
Modern comforts, too, were largely introduced, and with them the Italian arts; Tudor architecture, in particular, exhibited the originality and splendor of an energetic and self-confident age.
As the Italian shouldered his hurdy-gurdy, he saw on the doorstep a card, which had been covered, all the morning, by the newpaper that the carrier had flung upon it, but was now shuffled into sight.
Yes indeed, there it is truly," said the Italian, looking on with astonishment.
We arrived at a tumble-down old rookery called the Palazzo Simonetti--a massive hewn-stone affair occupied by a family of ragged Italians.
I had no Italian money, so I put in a small Swiss coin worth about ten cents.
In that case," remarked Muscari, "I confess I prefer the Italian of the past.
But his quality of an Italian was no recommendation in these times, and his small, well-concealed fortune forbade attracting too much attention.
Let Bonaparte know that Bartolomeo di Piombo wishes to speak with him," said the Italian to the captain on duty.
Two Italians by the Loggia had been bickering about a debt.