Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage (De schatkamer! Meesterwerken uit de Hermitage) is both a feast for the eyes and an enthralling quest for the meaning of art at various times and in a wide range of cultures. Masterpieces by Western artists like Velázquez, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Matisse and Fabre are compared with top works from many different periods, places and cultures. What, for example, links a sixteenth-century triptych by Maerten van Heemskerck with an image of the Buddha made in twelfth-century China? The comparisons produce exciting and unexpected results and show that, however different cultures may seem, the ideas behind them often have an amazing amount in common.
With contributions from Mikhail Piotrovsky, John Leighton, Henk van Os and others. The cover is set in Collis, designed by Christoph Noordzij for the TEFF library. In the interior we combined Collis with Univers and Foundry Gridnik.