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What is the Torquemada font?

The Torquemada family marks the return of eminent American calligrapher Philip Bouwsma to the type scene after almost 7 years of hiatus, and he is certainly coming back with a lot of bells and whistles! More…
Torquemada offers the same kind of excitement that emanated from Bouwsma’s work in 1970s and 1980s New York, when he was one of the most important leaders of the New Calligraphy movement that brought calligraphy forth as a mainstream art and craft, and spawned many of today’s known calligraphers. Not only is this calligraphic art at its very digital finest, but it also introduces a completely new concept in drawing letters with a broad pen. Bouwsma’s Torquemada Principle defines the harmony of weight, contrast, tension and space by consistently changing the angle of the broad pen between 0 and 80 degrees throughout all strokes. When the strokes become hairlines at the lowest angles, the paths made by the actual corners of the pen cross over one another, making the outline flat or slightly hollowed. This new calligraphic idea gives us the rare opportunity to quote an old Monty Python joke: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Torquemada comes in four variations: Torquemada One regular and bold, and Torquemada Two regular and bold. The difference between Torquemada One and Two is not just a simple change in vertical metrics. The stroke proportions of each variation were also optically adjusted for maximum readability at small sizes, as well as maximum aesthetics for display work. Check the PDF included in the MyFonts gallery section for further information on the Torquemada Principle, visual samples, and the differences between the font’s four variations.
Torquemada comes in all major font formats, in two separate packages priced affordably, or in one complete bundle, also priced very affordably. The OpenType version is two fonts, a regular and a bold, with the proportional alternates slotted as contextual substitutions in the programming of the font. A few alternates and random swashings are also included within the fonts.
Torquemada’s applications are virtually endless. This is a real calligraphic workhorse that has the power to elevate any design to higher levels of visual appeal. You can trust this work to be the perfect choice for book, film and music covers, titling, posters, signage, flyers, packaging and all kinds of branding.
We’d like to think of the advent of Torquemada as the beginning of a new calligraphic Renaissance. And who is better to start it than a master of calligraphy like Philip Bouwsma?

Torquemada Font families

The Torquemada includes the following font families:

  • Torquemada One
  • Torquemada One Bold
  • Torquemada Two
  • Torquemada Two Bold
  • Torquemada
  • Torquemada Bold

Torquemada Preview

Here is a preview of how Torquemada will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Torquemada available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Torquemada is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Torquemada, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Torquemada and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Torquemada is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Torquemada and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Torquemada. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Torquemada for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Torquemada Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Torquemada remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Torquemada and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)