The RISD Museum has contributed more than 3,600 images from their permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The broad selection in Artstor provides coverage of the varied collecting areas of the Museum and offers countless highlights.
The RISD Museum is internationally recognized and it is distinguished by its relationship to the acclaimed Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD). Founded alongside RISD in 1877, the Museum houses seven curatorial departments and approximately 100,000 objects dating from the 4th millenium BCE to the present day, 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; 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 resource with a rich and varied program of exhibitions, outreach, and publications to educate and inspire artists, designers, students, scholars, and the greater community.