Our digital gallery with the most beautiful, the first, the last, the largest, the smallest - in brief: the most remarkable KB collection items. They have been fully digitised and our collection specialists tell you what is so special about them, in introductions and guided tours. These texts are in Dutch, but the images are for all languages to enjoy. Discover a treasure trove of Dutch history and culture in the KB.
The oldest depiction of 'Dutchmen'
In 975 Count Dirk and Countess Hildegard donate this manuscript to the Abbey of Egmond. To commemmorate the occasion they add illustrations depicting the donation. A thousand years later Dirk and Hildegard are the oldest surviving depictions of 'Dutch' individuals.
An album full of 17th-century VIPs from Amsterdam
In his Album Amicorum Jacob Heyblocq from Amsterdam gathers contributions by the most well-known artists and writes of 17th-century Amsterdam, including Rembrandt, Vondel and many others.
An early experiment in printing with multiple colours
Around 1700 Johannes van Call makes some 70 drawings of Rhine landscapes and Dutch cities. They are printed using an early technique (à la poupée) for multi-colour printing.
An artist's booklet from the twentieth century
The Dutch artist Jan Toorop hand-paints illustrations to accompany J.C. Bouten's poem 'Naenia'
Experimental prints inspired by jazz music
Experimental work by printer H.N. Werkman from the thirties of the twentieth century. Jazz music inspires his colourful variations with form.