‘Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age’ by Marcel Wanders

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

Last Friday we were at the Rijksmuseum for a special occasion: the launch of the ‘Masters of the Golden Age’ book by Marcel Wanders. Not just a book, but a tribute to the seventeenth-century Dutch masterpieces from the most prestigious pieces of the National Museum as ‘Rembrandt van Rijn‘ and ‘Johannes Vermeer‘. Excited and not-knowing-what-to-expect we were entering the historical Rijksmuseum to get a sneak-peek ;).

Arriving at the Rijksmuseum: 10.00 am.

There is no better place to present a new book than at the Rijk’s magical, old library, somewhere hidden in the back of the building! Invited by our close-friend and editor-in-chief of Residence Magazine, Miluska van ‘t Lam, we couldn’t wait to hear more about the book and the people behind, here’s the story.

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

A book by Marcel Wanders

This book is an art piece itself, with the size of 2,5D you have to imagine a HUGE book, with an enormous bookstand! The interior designer and designer of this book, Marcel Wanders, was dreaming for a while about this project. Four years ago the first steps of making “his dream come true” were made, before knowing this would be a “hell of a project” like Marcel Wanders said. But deeply he always felt a strong need to initiate this project, no matter how.

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders
'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

Look inside

Together with the Director of Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes, and publisher Komma, Steven Hond, they created this amazing book to make it possible to have the masterpieces in home, and to see up close. Inside the book you’ll find carefully selected pieces of the ‘Gallery of Honour’ that shows us how these masterpieces still influence us today. By using the most refined materials, bookbinders, printing techniques and calligraphers, you can really experience the artworks. It was not even possible to produce this kind of size in the Netherlands so it’s made in Italy, at the Vatican Publishing House

'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders
'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders 'Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age' by Marcel Wanders

By using the most refined materials, bookbinders, printing techniques and calligraphers, you can really experience the artworks. It was not even possible to produce this kind of size in the Netherlands so it’s made in Italy, at the Vatican Publishing House.

Another personal perspective

Another excited part of the book is that the makers give us another perspective on the Dutch Masterpieces by interviewing leading artists, designers and philosophers from all over the world. Telling their personal story and how they are connected with one of the Dutch Masterpiece. Ferran Adrià, David Allen, Alain de Botton, Anton Corbijn, Angela Missoni, Jimmy Nelson, Erwin Olaf and many more give their point of view on the painting, and also about life. The in total 30 artists picked each their individual painting that they felt the most connected with. These stories are published in an additional small ‘behind-the-scenes’ book that is coming together with the big one (check info three editions below).

The official making-of

When you watch this video you’ll understand that it takes three months to produce one book, and they will start producing 10 books a week. It takes patience to have the ‘Masters of the Golden Age’ in home, but it will be worth it! 

Release Dates
  • Unique Art Edition: handmade, gilded emblem and gold foil stamping, 2,5D print including hand-calligraphed reproductions. Weight: 40 kilos, size: 70 x 50 x 9 cm. Including: bookstand, book case and additional ‘behind-the-scenes’ book with perspectives of artists. Made to measure editions can be calligraphed in a language of your choice, with your family crest or illustrated with unique artworks using the compilers of the book (price upon request).
  • Limited Edition: silver imprint cover of highest quality ink, same sizing as the Unique Art Edition: 2,5 D print, weight: 35 kilos. Including: bookstand, book case and additional ‘behind-the-scenes’ book with perspectives of artists. This book is available from April 2016 (price € 6500,-).
  • Coffee Table Book: 5 kilograms, size: 33,2 x 23,7 x 5 cm, available in unlimited edition in wide distribution, available from August 0216 (price € 125,-).

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Credits: Kathelijn Voets, Miluska van ‘t Lam, Rijksmuseum & Marcel Wanders
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