A detail from Rembrandt’s etching A Scholar in a Study (Faust) from around 1650-54 was used for the design. An old man looks up from his work. A bright radiant disc with mysterious writing in it appears in front of his study window.
The letters INRI in the centre of the circle of light stand for ‘Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum’ (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). These are the words on the paper that Pontius Pilate had nailed to Christ’s cross. The other letters form an anagram: from back to front you can read the words of a prayer. These letters have now been replaced by the title of Colin Benders’ musical production In The Nick Of Time.
The Aga Lab made an etching plate from this new design using the Toyobo technique; the exposure of a digital file on a photosensitive etching ground. This etching plate was used to print record sleeves in Rembrandt’s old etching studio. They were then scanned in high resolution and offset printed on to the final record sleeve.