Friday, December 21, 2012

RISD museum opens an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books

Art Daily Newsletter
Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune, After Pierre Louis Moreau-Desproux. Le Festin Royal (“The Royal Feast”), 1782. Gift of Murray S. Danforth, Jr. Museum of Art 
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

PROVIDENCE, RI.- The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announces an exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen prints and books that provide a glimpse into the extravagant and awe-inspiring festivals of early modern Europe. The Festive City, drawn from the collections of the RISD Museum, the John Hay Library at Brown University, and collector Vincent J. Buonanno, opens on Friday, December 21, 2012 and is on view through Sunday, July 14, 2013. In early modern Europe (ca. 1500-ca. 1800), the papal court, sovereign powers, civic governments, and high aristocracy sponsored elaborate festivals for special occasions such as saint’s days, coronations, and royal marriages. With their magnificent presentations of ephemeral architecture and explosions of fireworks, festivals entertained and amazed their audiences. Printmakers desired the ... More

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