Devotional representations of Saint Barbara, a Christian martyr whose legend extended across both Western and Eastern medieval worlds, flourished in fourteenth-century Europe. An examination of the Providence Saint Barbara reveals a sculptural tradition with a complex and colorful practices of medieval devotion to the cult of saints.
The Andrew W. Mellon Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work on significant projects at the RISD Museum. The goal of the program is to provide an overview of museum functions as well as in-depth experience in conservation, curatorial, education, marketing, or publication departments. Several interns have shared their reflections on the experience.