Rare books and prints at RISD Museum

The RISD Museum’s “Festive City” exhibit features rare prints depicting festivals in early modern Europe, including “Prima macchina: Parnassus with Apollo and the Muses.”
Posted 12/24/12
Event Dates
Monday, December 24, 2012 through Sunday, July 14, 2013
Event Location
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art
224 Benefit St.
Additional Info
Museum hours are
Tuesday through
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Thursdays
from 10 a.m. 9 p.m.
Admission: $12
adults, $10 ages 62
and up, $5 college
students, $3 youth 5
to 18, free for
members, children
younger than 5.
Admission is free
Sundays and on the

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design recently unveiled its latest exhibit, a display of rarely seen prints and books that capture the festivals of early modern Europe. “The Festive City,” drawn from the collections of the RISD Museum, the Brown University’s John Hay Library and collector Vincent J. Buonanno, depict the lavish festivals commissioned by the papal court, civic governments, aristocrats and others for special occasions. The images are marked by their presentations of architecture and fireworks and originally served to publicize the festivals to international audiences.

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