Books in the Golden Age

Photography by Catherine Robertson.

From time to time, items from the Phillips Library get selected for exhibition in the galleries over at the museum. Similar to the paintings or silk tapestries on the wall of an exhibition, books obviously have more of a story to tell than what appears at first glance. The Asia in Amsterdam exhibition opening this week features a number of books from the Phillips Library, but their secure placement in cases throughout the galleries brings to mind the old adage that books shouldn’t be judged just by their covers – or in this particular instance, their covers or the particular set of pages you can see as the book sits open. This post means to dig a little deeper into a number of the books currently on display.

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Storytelling Video Blog #1: Little Songs of Shade and Sunshine

& Catherine Robertson

Introducing the first Conversant video post!  This is the first post in a new series called “Storytelling.” Inspired by the recent Mass Poetry Festival, we picked a lovely illustrated book from our collection and read the poems aloud. It can be difficult to feel a sense of energy when viewing only still images of largely textual objects. We hope this post, and others in future, helps bring some of those objects to life. Read more