a fine Italian hand

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! That's written in quite a fine Italian hand. I wonder why that way of writing ever went out of style. I'm excited go beyond the basics of calligraphy and learn things like a fine Italian hand.
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! Ugh, so many of my shots are out of focus! I wish I had a fine Italian hand when it comes to photography.
See also: fine, hand
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