»We keep paintings behind glass to protect them, and so we need to look for other ways in order that the blind may be able to 'grasp' what we see.«
Brigit Baumgart (Museum Education Officer, National Museum Schwerin)
The multi-sensory painting guide »The Golden Age« that followed on »Different Eyes«, our multi-sensory photo book, has become our next step towards Design for All. »The Golden Age« was published in September 2012. It has been distinguished as one of the ten most beautiful books in 2013 and has more than proven to the readership, whether sighted or visually impaired, that an inclusive book on art can also look great.
This guide on the internationally renowned collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century at the National Museum Schwerin has been uniquely designed for being looked at, read, touched and/or listened to. Transparent bold reliefs 'on top' of the paintings of the old masters that can be touched and looked at, texts in Braille and normal print, an audio CD containing further information on all subjects in the guidebook, and quite a bag of other tricks of the trade make »The Golden Age« a truly multi-sensory experience.