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.