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By studying an abstracted female figure from 3000 BCE, what can we learn about ancient Egyptians? What can we learn about ourselves? What about abstraction provides more insight than a complete visual representation?
Books of hours made during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance were products of collaboration between scribes, illuminators, bookbinders, and, sometimes, the original patron or owner. A recent acquisition of a French book of hours made in Rouen around 1510 tells the story of this collaboration through the structure of its contents, iconography, and assembly.
Over the last 2,000 years, Nesmin has been a priest, a mummy, and a museum exhibit. RISD Museum intern Jonathan Migliori discusses Nesmin’s influence in his life.
Arlene Shechet discusses the production of works for and the installation design of Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast with the exhibition’s curator, Judith Tannenbaum.
This rare example of Gorham’s Mythologique flatware service was purposefully left unfinished as they are samples, combining elaborate hand-worked detail with mechanized brute force.
Unfinished paintings by Eastman Johnson, John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt reveal new techniques that emerged in France in the second half of the 19th century.
After a half-century’s journey, Gorham’s magnificent writing table and chair made for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair returned home to Providence.
Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell recalls his experience photographing for the first time in Havana, forty years after he and his family fled to escape Castro’s government.
A chance meeting between the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Davis, an illustrator and journalist for Harper’s Weekly, in the White House conservatory produced one of the most extraordinary dinner services.
Robert Emlen, university curator at Brown University, and Rhode Island-based furniture designer and builder, Timothy Philbrick examine the craftsmanship, features, and significance of the Goddard/Townsend desk and bookcase.
Architect James Stanton-Abbott explains his process for creating a computer-rendered reconstruction of a room in an ancient Roman villa near Pompeii, using images of wall-painting fragments in the RISD Museum and the MFA, Boston.
A glimpse into the lives of international merchants in Canton, China.
RISD Museum intern Alicia Valencia (RISD 2015, Furniture) explains how the act of looking closely formed her impressions on Samuel Gragg’s Elastic armchair.
Artist Anya Ventura explains the context behind an audio tour and printed guide that she and Anther Kiley created illustrating episodes from the lives of seven objects from the Museum’s galleries. Their 2012 work “Fragments” was one of the winning projects in the RISD Museum’s annual Sitings competition for site-specific installations by RISD degree candidates.
As a part of its new Clinical Arts and Humanities Program, the Alpert Medical School partnered with the RISD Museum to create the workshop series “From Galleries to Wards.” Workshop participants, Samuel Kase and Cia Mathew, reflect on their experience.
In bringing pre-med students to the Museum, our focus was not to teach medical facts and content but to foster different ways of solving problems and making meaning.
“There are no wrong notes possible … it’s what you play next that matters.”
A sailor and a cognitive scientist share their perspectives on a truly evocative painting.
An engineer and a designer share their perspectives on a truly innovative object.
The woman in Frank W. Benson’s Lady Trying on a Hat has always been a character who caught my eye during visits to the Museum. From her averted gaze to the contrast between her white dress and the black hat, she is poised to play the lead role on the stage that Benson created.
On March 21, 2013, RISD Museum Director John W. Smith and Associate Provost Patricia Phillips hosted a gallery conversation exploring how the everyday list — the most humble form of documentation — provides a peek into the personal motivations and decision-making processes of celebrated artists, ultimately providing firsthand accounts of our cultural history.