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Body Language awarded with Best Dutch Book Design

We are proud to inform you that Body Language has been awarded Best Dutch Book Design! 

Each year Dutch publishers, designers and printers submit over 300 books to be judged. The panel consists mostly of a publisher, two designers and a printer or binder, the fifth panel member being alternately a bookseller, a book historian, a museum curator or a writer on the subject. This years jury are designers Yolanda Huntelaar and Michaël Snitker, Martijn Kicken (advisor printer Tielen), Carine van Wijk (director Gottmer Uitgevers Groep) and Thomas Castro (conservator graphic design Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).  

De Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will host an exhibition with the selection of the Best Dutch Book Designs fall 2021. Excact data will be announced later this year. Have a look at this page for more info on Body Language


Body Language

> the new standard work on the representation of the body in the art of the late Middle Ages

Saints walking around headless, vagina-shaped wounds and a Jesus being crushed like a grape: welcome to medieval man’s intriguing perception of the world.

Thanks to a growing fixation on the body and body parts, some of the works of art created in the late Middle Ages meet with amazement and sometimes incomprehension today. How should we, from our position in the present, look at these works of art from so long ago? Body Language introduces you to the role of the body in devotion in the late Middle Ages (1300-1500) and to the surprising/sometimes bizarre works of art associated with it.

Once you have finished this book, your view of the body will have changed forever. This publication concludes a multi-year research project on the body in the Middle Ages that was conducted at the University of Amsterdam. It will be presented at an exhibition of the same name that will feature at the Catharijne Convent Museum in Utrecht. 

The book is written by Wendelien van Welie-Vink in collaboration with Museum Catharijneconvent and de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Design by Koehorst in 't Veld and printed by NPN Drukkers.