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An Introduction to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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As a child growing up in Boston, I have many fond memories of time spent at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Isabella Stewart Gardner refused the regimented code of conduct expected of women in the Victorian era, instead opting for a life of travel, entertaining and, adventure. She was a respected patron of the arts including fine art, music, literature and dance. She was also a major sports fan, rooting for the Boston Red Sox and Harvard College football.

Openly disliking the cold, mausoleum-like spaces of most museums of the period, Gardner wanted her collection to reflect a love of art, but not necessary history. The museum is known for its intimate collection of fine and decorative art housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries, containing  more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, and rare books. In the collection you will find the work of masters like Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and, a personal favorite, Sargent.


Courtyard, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


El Jaleo, John Singer Sargent, American 1856-1925. At the Isabella Stewart Garden Museum


Yoho Falls, 1916, John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


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Comments (4)

  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is my favorite museum of any I have visited. I studied at a college nearby years ago and would go there to study. I loved her story and the beauty of the environment and the collection.

    Another reason to love your posts so much!!! I feel like we are good friends that haven't met yet.

  • Beautiful museum, I would love to visit when in Boston Love the images and visited the website.
    I am happy to know you grew up in Boston, our princess was born there, Love Boston

  • I visited the museum last year and heartily recommend it.

  • I must visit this museum, now I know where i can see up close my favorite Sargent paintings!

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