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Two designers quoted the Middle Age era in the lower case "g":
1. Jan Van Krimpen with the italics of Lutetia, Romanée, Haarlemmer, Spectrum
2. Eric Gill with the italics of Perpetua, Golden Cockerel, Joanna, Aries

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¶ Do you know who's started this italic "g" trend?

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PS: I've noticed the medieval "g" in the italics of ITC Galliard and ITC Esprit.

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•••Notice the "g" of Perpetua Italic!

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¶ What do you imply? Please elaborate.

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It seems to me that the model for this kind of |g| (and also for the stemmed |U| which some of your examples also share) is "just" a stylisation of connected cursive handwriting, thus it could well be that there's no one "who's started this italic "g" trend".

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It was typical in 1500's Writing Manuals.
Tagliente, Arrighi, Cataneo, Mercator, Palatinus, Yciar, Vespasiano, Cresci, etc.

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¶ You're right. I double-checked chancery typefaces like ITC Zapf Chancery Italic, Poetica, Le Griffe.
¶ I'm sure it's older than The Renaissance.

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¶ I'm sure it's older than The Renaissance.

Of course.

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¶ Designer Eric Gill also fashioned a roman typeface entitled Jubilee (1935) with that "g" and its closed loop.

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And this g comes from Gill’s Facia Italic:

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Find the blackletter FF Ophelia with the closed "g".

And Cresci Rotunda.

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It seems that even the insular style (known for its s-shaped |g|) allows a closed bottom loop: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/glc/799-insular/

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Bree has it in a Roman sans.
http://www.type-together.com/Bree

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¶ Here's the Bree in question: