Our Lord in the Attic
Thijs Boers, Judikje Kiers, Anne Versloot, Russell Shorto
Photography by Arjan Bronkhorst
Introduction by Russell Shorto
Hardcover, 28x23 cm, 127 pages, 75 photos, Dutch/English
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Our Lord in the Attic is a marvel, a jewel in the heart of Amsterdam's historical centre: a centuries-old house in which three adjoining attics form a church. Both house and church are amazingly well preserved, as growing numbers of visitors around the world are discovering. This is a special place to experience the history of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as later periods. It is full of stories about merchants and priests. This is where they lived and worked. These are their parlours and salons, their kitchens and of course their church. In this book they appear almost tangible in the photographs of Arjan Bronkhorst.
Many people have contributed to the enormous effort of restoring this historical monument. The extension, designed by Felix Claus architects, perfectly serves the historical monument with its church in the attic, the principal showcase of the museum since it opened in 1888.
Just as the architecture is unique, so too are the ideals on which this church was built, which we cherish and pass on: Our Lord in the Attic was founded and flourished in an age of religious tolerance founded in the 16th Century by William of Orange. That freedom of religion and conscience is still tangible in Or Lord in the Attic. The american writer, historian and journalist Russell Shorto describes the importance and the relevance of these values in his introduction to this book. From his international and cultural-historical perspective, he links the intimate space of Our Lord in the Attic with the story of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Personal stories are what lend this book its flavour and which bring the sense of history closer.
Book design: Studio Berry Slok