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  • Rhode Island School of Design Museum of ArtRhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Providence, Rhode Island
    The Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island is associated with the Rhode Island School of Design, and was started as early as 1877; today the 20th biggest art museum in the nation. The museum houses many types of artworks, that have come here from across the globe, and include, the Americas, Egypt, Europe, ancient Rome and Greece, Asia and Africa. It also contains many excellent works from Rhode Island artists, like the 17th century Newport furniture makers, Townsend and Goddard, as well as 19th century Rhode Island painters portraitist Gilbert Stuart and Anglo-American impressionist, John Noble Barlow. It contains the works of many great international and American painters like Andy Warhol, Picasso, Monet, Paul Revere and Manet; with more than 80,000 works included in the entire collection. The works include categories like ancient art, prints, drawings and photographs, Asian art, costume and textiles, contemporary art, decorative arts, painting and sculpture. These collections are filled with a who's who in their fields, with many exciting and interesting ancient works like a bronze figural sculpture, an outstanding collection of Roman glass and jewelry, Greek coins, stone sculpture, mosaics, Greek vases, paintings, an Etruscan bronze situla or pail, a fifth century BC Greek female head created in marble, a very rare Hellenistic bronze Aphrodite and more. The Asian art collections contain prints, ceramics, paintings, textiles, sculpture and costumes and so much more that it would behoove you to visit this excellent museum and enjoy perusing the magnificent collections. Some of the marvelous contemporary artworks have been created by such notables as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mangold, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Sam Francis, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers and more. There are over 2500 works of European and American artworks from the medieval age to 1960 and include works by Hendrick Goltzius, Lippo Memmi, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Georg Vischer and Salomon van Ruysdael and many more. The marvelous 17th and 18th century paintings and sculptures include artists like Francisco Collantes, Nicolas Poussin, Angelica Kauffman and Joshua Reynolds. The early 19th century European art works include; Hubert Robert, Thomas Lawrence, Joseph Chinard and many others. Other noted and famous artists represented in this collection includes Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. The 20th century masters include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Raymond Duchamp-Villon and Georges Braque. American artists included in this gallery include Georgia O'Keefe, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Merritt Chase and Thomas Cole.

  • State House
    Rhode Island State House Providence, Rhode IslandThe Rhode Island State House in Providence, Rhode Island and is a neoclassical structure that contains the state's general assembly and the offices of the governor, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and general treasurer; and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the seventh state house that has been constructed for the capitol, and the second in Providence after the Old Rhode Island State House. This stately majestic building was constructed between 1895 and 1904, enjoying a significant renovation during the late 1990s. This is the structure that would be used for the US capitol's exterior shots during the movie, Armistad that was filmed in 1997, and also was used as the City Hall of Capitol City in the movie made by Disney called Underdog. The capitol structure is made of 15 million bricks, 327,000 cubic feet of white Georgia marble, and 1,309 short tons of iron floor beams, with the fourth biggest dome in the nation, which is a self-supporting marble dome, after St. Peter's Basilica, the Minnesota State Capitol and the Taj Mahal. The top of the dome is graced with a gold-covered bronze statue of Independent Man that had been named, "Hope", and it weighs over 500 pounds, stands 11 feet tall and is some 278 feet above the ground level. He represents independence and freedom, which refers to the independent spirit that led Roger Williams to settle here and begin Providence, which would eventually become Rhode Island. The Senate chamber sits in the east wing, while the house is located in the west wing, and the other spaces include the rotunda, the state room situated in the south end and the library that is found in the north end. The state room is used as the entry way into the offices of the governor and has a full-scale portrait of George Washington created by the Rhode Island native, Gilbert Stuart; and is used for the governor's press conferences and bill signings at the capitol. This was also one of the first structures to use electricity in the state, and is lit with 109 floodlights and two searchlights in the evening. It would be one of the first structures in the nation that would use skylights, with the significant ones being located in the House of Representatives chamber, the Senate chamber and the state library. There is quite a bit of carved marble located inside, while over the tops of the pillared porticoes there are numerous quotations and historical chronologies of the state. Located in the rotunda area are statues, battle flags and guns that showcase the state's military history, and in the center, beneath the dome, is a brass copy of the state seal.

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  • John Brown's House MuseumJohn Brown's House Museum Providence, Rhode Island
    The John Brown House in Providence, Rhode Island, was the first mansion to be constructed in the city, on College Hill, which is next to the outskirts of Brown University, and was named after the original owner, and one of the earliest benefactors of the university; the early American merchant and statesman John Brown. The house would be made a National Historic Landmark in 1968; and John Quincy Adams would state that the house was, "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent." The house was constructed in 1786 by John Brown, with famous guests like George Washington coming for tea and visits. In 1901, it would be sold to the well known Rhode Island industrialist and banker, Marsden J. Perry, and while he owned it, he would add a central heating system and modern bathrooms. The Brown family would donate the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society for preservation, and it was completely renovated to bring it back to its pristine colonial condition and decor, with a majority of the furnishings coming from the Brown family estate. John Brown was also a politician, patriot, China trade pioneer and slave trader that would take part in the debates and practices that would someday shape the nation's political and economic systems. John was a native of the city, born there in 1736, and would eventually own a very successful farming and shipping business with his brothers, Moses, Joseph and Nicolas, becoming quite active in the slave and china trade, putting a lot of money into privateers during the 1760s through the 1780s. Brown would be the person that sold the first ship to the United State Navy, aptly named the USS Providence, during the Revolutionary War in 1775, and later named as one of the delegates for Rhode Island to the Continental Congress in 1784-1785, but didn't attend.

  • Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
    Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum Providence, Rhode IslandThe Henry Lippitt House in Providence, Rhode Island is a museum house that was constructed by Governor Henry Lippitt in 1865 and based on a design by Russell Warren; made a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Lippitt family would donate the estate to Preserve Rhode Island in 1981, that continues to operate the mansion as a historic house museum. Henry constructed the house for his wife, Mary Ann Balch Lippitt and their six children and would be occupied by numerous generations of Lippitts for the next 114 years. There wouldn't be many changes made over the century plus period, which made it easier to be added the list of historic landmarks and is still a great testament to the excellent craftsmen of the period. The three story, 20 room house created in the renaissance revival style with Italian palazzo elements enhanced by marvelous faux finishes from the walls to the ceilings, with fabulous marble statues, monogrammed dining service, stained glass windows and excellently carved woodworks. Visitors to this affluent family included the famous Professor Alexander Graham Bell, Cole Porter and Jack Lemmon. The New York Times stated that, "the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is the only intact authentic example of original 19th century high style Victorian decoration in Providence."

January 11, 2011