The Museum’s 5th floor is undergoing renovations. From October 2016 to August 2017, the RISD Museum will be renovating the fifth-floor European Galleries. European works of art and design from the early 12th to late 19th century, as well as several 20th-century paintings, will be relocated to other areas of the Museum.
From December 2016 to June 2017, many of the paintings and sculptures usually found in the European galleries will be accessible in the Chace Galleries in an open-storage installation. If you are interested in seeing a particular work of art, please check the online collection to confirm that it is on view.
The European galleries feature painting, sculpture, decorative arts, textiles, and works on paper from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Objects in the Creamer Medieval Gallery are associated with religious devotion, pilgrimages, monasticism, and artistic guilds. The Creamer Early Renaissance Gallery presents a group of northern and southern European devotional paintings and sculpture and decorative objects that expand an understanding of the materials and techniques used by Renaissance masters. The Murray Skylight Gallery includes paintings by Tiepolo, Batoni, and Thomas Lawrence and a frieze by Tom Otterness, while a sequence of other galleries features 19th-century paintings by Manet, Morisot, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, and Van Gogh.