The Easel

Small Wonders at the Rijksmuseum: a treasure trove for the soul

For Delft’s well-to-do in the 1500’s carved prayer beads and devotional miniatures were their Rolex equivalents.  Made from hard boxwood, these beautiful objects are so intricate that CT scanners are needed to discover all their details. Attempts to reproduce them with modern tools, or using 3D printers, have mostly been unsuccessful. Some astonishing images are here.