Artstor and the RISD Museum are sharing more than 3,600 images from the Museum's permanent collection in the Digital Library.
The RISD Museum is an internationally renowned art museum distinguished by its relationship to one of the world’s leading colleges of art and design. Founded alongside the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1877, the Museum houses seven curatorial departments and approximately 100,000 objects dating from 3700 BCE to the present day, and featuring major figures in the history of visual art and culture. Highlights include one of the nation’s finest collections of costume and textiles, with more than 26,000 objects created since 1500 BCE; the world’s largest collection of Gorham silver, housed in the first museum wing devoted to American decorative arts; a 12th-century seated Buddha, one of the largest Japanese statues in the United States; and significant collections of ancient Egyptian objects, Impressionist paintings, contemporary British art, 20th- and 21st-century design, and more.
As the only comprehensive art museum in southeastern New England, the RISD Museum is a vital cultural resource with a rich and varied program of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, special events, and publications to educate and inspire artists, designers, students, scholars, and the greater community.