I was an art history major in my undergrad days, but in all honesty, the typical Renaissance painting exhibit can be a bit of a snoozer even to an art geek like myself. Not so for this salon style display of European paintings at the RISD Museum where the effect of the tightly stacked artwork against the deep blue wall is anything but boring.
I stop by this dramatic gallery every time I'm at the museum because it never fails to take my breath away. The blue is sophisticated enough not to overwhelm the artwork, but brings a modern sensibility to the display of old paintings, which range in age from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
The RISD Museum is located at 22 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Visit risdmuseum.org for more information and hours.
For more examples of paintings displayed on colored walls, read Rachael's post on Apartment Therapy DC, Color Dilemma: Do Bright Walls Hurt or Highlight Artwork?
(Images: Sarah Rainwater)