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CKZJMODIRMUQ58P86 The Royal Academy of Arts in London recently held an exhibition of art and artifacts from the Byzantine period, Byzantium: 330-1453. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy and the Benaki Museum in Athens, gathered over 300 objects created in the Byzantine Empire, including some very rare items from collections in Egypt, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, the U.K. and the U.S., some of which had never before been exhibited.

Byzantium 330-1453 explores a period of enormous creativity in European art, starting with the foundation of Constantinople by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in 330, and ending with the capture of the city by the Ottoman forces of Mehmed II in 1453. The RDID set of 42 images was purchased from the Courtauld Colour Slide Scheme, and includes exquisite examples of icon painting, mosaic, fresco, gold, silver and bronze work, ivory carving, enamelling, and even one example of textiles from the period. To access the images, login to RDID from a RISD computer with your RISD username and password, and when you get to the search page, select the RISD Visual Resources Library collection, and enter Byzantine as your keyword. We hope you enjoy the artworks.

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The RISD Archive of Graphic Design and Illustration has a wonderful collection of posters from the classic era of Polish graphic design. Visual Resources Center staff are currently digitizing this fantastic collection, which includes film, theater, music and ballet posters by well-known Polish designers such as Franciszek Starowieyski, Eugeniusz Get-Stankiewicz and Jan Lenica. We would like to thank Professor Agnieszka Woznicka for her invaluable help translating the text from the posters. 59 digital images of Polish posters have now been added to the RISD Digital Image Database. To find them, log onto RDID with your RISD username and password from a computer on the RISD network, and do a keyword search for “Polish posters”. To see the real thing, make an appointment with Special Collections to visit the Graphic Design Archive.

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We have been cataloging and uploading into RDID, the RISD Digital Image Database, a  fantastic collection of images of artwork by contemporary American artists. The works all featured in an exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Art in London in 2006, and they are a really varied group of paintings, installations, sculptures and photographs. In the words of the Royal Academy’s Secretary, “in this selection of the work of young American artists, each confronts not only their own fundamental questions, but also global poverty, inequality and population migration, not to mention the gigantic environmental problems that confront the world as a whole.” Have a look at this collection of images by logging into RDID with your RISD login, and clicking on Slideshows/U.S.A. Today. We hope you enjoy it!

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Welcome to the RISD Visual Resources blog. We are the team working in the Visual Resources Center at the Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design. We will be keeping you informed about everything new happening at the VR Center, including  the clippings folders added to the Picture Collection,  DVD titles added to the library catalog, and digital images in the RISD Digital Image Database, RDID.

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