The book cover: In the background - diffuse and dark a segment of the painting Duet. Above the painting the title - The Golden Age - is written in big golden yellow letters and there is also a sticker in braille.

The multisensory guidebook on art of "The Golden Age" is a completely new kind of project in Germany. The volume unites pictures to touch and to look at, along with texts in braille and common black writing, as well as a CD with description. It invites people to discover the internationally notable collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century in the State Museum Schwerin in a entirely new way.

For this art adventure, eight original paintings from the collection of the State Museum Schwerin were digitally edited. Intensified contrasts add to an increased visibility of the paintings and bold reliefs help to feel the painting of the old masters. For each motive there is a second tactile picture from a detail section of the painting. Short explanatory texts - both in classic letters and braille writing - provide an overview of the contents of the paintings. Long versions of the texts are on the audio-CD. Together with sufficient descriptions of the paintings and the detail sections, just as well as every other text in the book.

The inclusive design of the book - consistent with Universal Design rules - is in particular exceptional. By combining all these different materials in a skillful way the book develops its own distinctive aesthetic.

The Read-Touch-Hear-Book wants to address all senses. If the visitors of the museum can hear the arching sails of a Bojort in rough sea, feel the bread crumbs on a smooth wooden table, and smell a bulging bouquet of wild roses, lilac and - of course - tulips, then impressions and experiences of art reach another level.

Book preview with audio samples



Photo gallery: How the stencils of the tactile pictures came into being

  • Workshop: out of cardboard, with glue and scalpel the stencils were at first, according to the guideline of the designers, produced in the German Central Library for Blind People of Leipzig "Deutschen Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig (DZB)".
  • A stencil is the spatial modell for a tactile picture, which makes the most important details and contours touchable.
  • The finished tactile picture is a stable and transparent transparency, which displays the motive spatially touchable. Underneath it there is the original picture.
  • Even if the tactile pictures only display contours and areas, they grant - in combinations with audible information - important impressions.
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