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We are open and free today for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service! Carry on the legacy of #MLK.; join in community-building activities and performances with local luminaries committed to social justice and service. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2DjELVB
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The tropics have arrived, and we’re not just talking about the warm weather outside today! Beautiful orchids are starting to appear in the Gardner’s Courtyard, where they will keep us in the spring spirit through the winter months.
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Henry James introduced Isabella Stewart Gardner to painter John Singer Sargent in 1886, beginning a life-long friendship. Learn more about Henry James, Isabella, and their creative circle of friends in our exhibition Henry James and American Painting, on view through January 21: http://bit.ly/2xISp1h #HenryIsabella
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Happy birthday, John Singer Sargent! Sargent and Isabella were close friends from their introduction in 1886 until her death in 1924. Sargent sometimes used the Gothic Room as a studio and Gardner ultimately owned over 60 works by Sargent (who in turn painted her three times!). #OnThisDay #JohnSingerSargent Image: John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925), El Jaleo, 1882, oil on canvas.
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Want to postpone your commute? Stop by the Gardner this evening to explore our flower-filled greenhouse and courtyard and art-filled galleries! We’re open until 9 pm every Thursday.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner's majordomo, Teobaldo Travi (known familiarly as "Bolgi") became known for the fanciful uniform designed for him by Joseph Lindon Smith. Here you can see a cartoon of Bolgi on the left and a photo of him in the Museum on the right.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Victorian contemporaries, the Spiritualists, and their interest in the supernatural and the afterlife may explain Isabella’s interest in this folding fan featuring a fortune teller. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2CHmb6b
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Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucci Education Studio this Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm. Prior experience with art-making is not required and participation is free with Museum admission! http://bit.ly/2CJUCJH
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Join us January 18 for an amazing Third Thursdays event inspired by Isabella's creative social circles! Start 2018 with this evening of dance, spoken word, fashion, music, hands-on art-making, and more: http://bit.ly/2CXJa06
Our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition is just around the corner. To get ready, our curator worked for two days with a color printing specialist from Italy to critique, adjust, re-print, and proof the almost 200 stunning images in the exhibition catalog! #TransformationTuesday
Ten large Flemish tapestries line the walls of the Tapestry Room, depicting episodes from the lives of the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great and the biblical patriarch Abraham. In her typical eclectic fashion, Isabella intermingled the two tapestry cycles and hung them in an order known only to her. You can tell the two cycles apart by looking at the top of each scene: the Abraham tapestries have a Latin inscription (shown at the center of this image), while the Cyrus tapestries do not (tapestry at left of image).
Isabella loved the blue at the Bardini gallery in Florence so much that she asked for the paint recipe! You can now see this color on several walls of the Museum.
Isabella’s collection includes a large number of sketches and etchings by artist and friend Anders Zorn. This etching, of President Grover Cleveland, can be found in the Short Gallery, while Zorn’s painting of Cleveland’s wife hangs downstairs in the Blue Room. Image: Anders Zorn (1860 - 1920), Grover Cleveland I, 1899, Etching.
January may mean freezing temperatures outside, but inside the Gardner it means the start of tropical orchids in our greenhouse and courtyard. Drop by to soak up their sunny beauty this weekend.
There are just a few more weeks to catch our amazing Henry James and American Painting exhibition! Learn about the friendship of Henry and Isabella and the creative social circle the two fostered: http://bit.ly/2xISp1h #HenryIsabella
We hope you stayed safe and warm during today's winter storm! The Gardner will re-open tomorrow, January 5, for regular business hours. Drop by to get a hint of spring during a chilly winter!
Isabella long coveted John Singer Sargent’s masterpiece, El Jaleo, which she finally acquired in 1914. As a token of their friendship, the artist gave a sketchbook containing this and other studies for the work to Gardner in 1919. Image: John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925), Study for El Jaleo: Dancer’s Head and Hand, 1881, Charcoal on paper.
A water main break also shut down parts of Memorial Drive Wednesday in Cambridge. The break happened on Memorial Drive near Vassar Street, sending water flowing onto the street where it quickly turned to ice.
Two apparently unrelated incidents occurring late Wednesday night in Cambridge, including a traffic diversion near Memorial and Vassar.
The Gardner Museum will be closed Thursday, January 4, due to the winter storm. We hope to reopen Friday at 11 am. Stay warm and safe! Image: Childe Hassam, A New York Blizzard, about 1890. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2CvTqgb
This oil painting of Isabella was modeled on a photograph taken by Otto Rosenheim in 1906. It is one of several portraits of Isabella that can be found throughout the Museum. Can you name any others? Image: Martin Mower (1870 - 1960), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1917, oil on paper.
...facility should park in one of the following facilities (this includes departmental vehicles): Langsam garage; 575 Commonwealth Avenue garage; and 730 Commonwealth Avenue garage. These covered parking facilities will remain open throughout the...
...of the following facilities (this includes departmental vehicles): Langsam garage; 575 Commonwealth Avenue garage; and 730 Commonwealth Avenue garage. These covered parking facilities will remain open throughout the storm. Once the campus has...
This Saturday, January 6, drop by the Ed Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity that will have you considering portraiture in a whole new light: http://bit.ly/2Cjed3a
Best wishes for the new year from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!
The Museum is closed today, Monday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday. We are regularly closed on Tuesdays. Please visit us when we reopen at 11 am on Wednesday, January 3.
Isabella Stewart met John L. “Jack” Gardner in 1858, while visiting his sister Julia, a friend of Isabella’s from her school days in Paris. Learn more about Isabella’s exceptional life: http://bit.ly/2BVBpEx
In March of 1927, Charlie Chaplin visited the Gardner Museum. When he signed the Museum’s guest book he included this charming sketch of himself!
The Gardner’s stunning holiday courtyard display only lasts until early January. Be sure to drop by and see the vibrant red amaryllis while they’re here!
One of the amazing things about Isabella’s museum is that the wall fabrics, floors, and doors are just as much a part of the art experience as the paintings and objects Gardner collected. This walnut and iron door and frame from 16th century Florence provides a fitting entryway to the Early Italian Room.
The friendship of Isabella Stewart Gardner and Henry James resulted in inspiration for many artists and writers. Learn more about Isabella’s artistic circle in our Henry James & American Painting exhibition: http://bit.ly/2xISp1h #HenryIsabella
It’s the final day of School Vacation Week! Stop by to experience hands-on art projects, yogic movement, and the Gregory Groover Jr. Jazz Trio in our courtyard: http://bit.ly/2Cj3tEV
Giovanni di Paolo excelled at narrative subjects, and this painting is one of his finest surviving examples. Isabella prized early Renaissance paintings from Siena for their exquisite details and jewel-like finishes. When Berenson recommended this one, he observed that Giovanni di Paolo is “all the rage now because the collectors not only of paintings, but of objets d’art are after him, and paying long prices for him.” Image: Giovanni di Paolo (1398 - 1482), Christ Disputing in the Temple, about 1450 - 1459, Tempera on canvas on a modern panel.
On Saturday, December 30, drop by the Education Studio between 11 am and 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity. Consider the iconic portraits throughout the Museum and create your own project inspired by them: http://bit.ly/2BJYs4W
It’s School Vacation Week at the Gardner! Drop by anytime today through Friday for fun activities throughout the Museum such as printmaking, yoga, and music performances. Patrons under 18 get free admission! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2AZQjsE Sponsored by JetBlue
Isabella was a notorious bibliophile and many of the books she collected are found throughout her Museum’s collection. For example, there is a copy of Dickens' Christmas Carol in the Long Gallery’s Presidents and Statesmen case. This receipt from our archives shows that it was purchased on December 19, 1921 from Charles E. Lauriat bookstore!
The Museum is closed starting at 3 pm today, Sunday, December 24 for the Christmas holiday. The final admission to the Museum will be at 2:30 pm.
Horus was an ancient Egyptian god who appeared as a falcon and whose eyes were believed to represent the sun and the moon. Between 1874 and 1875, Gardner traveled to Egypt and journeyed down the Nile with her husband. She became enamored with its antiquities and wrote in her travel journal on a visit to the pyramids that, "my heart went out to the Sphinx". Object: Egyptian, Horus Hawk, about 331 - 323 BC, granite.
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It may not be as well known as the amaryllis, poinsettia, or jade plants, but the red berries of the evergreen Pyracantha bring our holiday courtyard display to life.
Over four decades, Henry James and Isabella Stewart Gardner shared a close friendship and together fostered creative communities of luminaries, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and William James. This painting by Sargent captures one such salon. Learn more about Isabella’s artistic circle in our Henry James and American Painting exhibition: http://bit.ly/2xISp1h #HenryIsabella Image: John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925), An Interior in Venice, 1899, oil on canvas. Royal Academy of Arts, London.
It’s the longest night of the year! Celebrate the winter solstice at tonight’s Gardner Third Thursday event. Enjoy a drink by the Courtyard, hands-on-art making with local artists, live music, and illuminating conversations. http://bit.ly/2zd3RCQ With partner Transformative Culture Project
Today we're looking through the hidden treasure of archival photos at the Gardner Museum. This photo is of Isabella Stewart Gardner with her dogs, Kitty Wink and Patty Boy, in the gardens at Green Hill, 1905. #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
The services, free and open to the public, are on December 24 at 11 am and 7:30 pm at Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.This article has 10 other Boston locations (Show)
Free photos with Santa are available on CambridgeSide level one, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge. Santa’s hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm, and Christmas Eve, 8 am to 5 pm. The mall’s holiday hours are here.
Santa in the City! is in the Prudential Center Belvidere Arcade, 800 Boylston St. through December 24. Santa’s hours are here. The Charity Gift Wrap, sponsored by Barnes & Noble, runs through December 24. Hours are here.
The Harvard Square Holiday Fair is on the upper floor of 50 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Vendors will also be outside on the corner of Church Street and Mass Ave. The fair is open through Saturday, December 23, from 11:30 am to 7 pm weekdays and 10 am to 7 pm Saturday. Admission is free.
The 2017 Holiday Pops Orchestra runs through December 24 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Limited tickets are available here. Children under four are not permitted at Holiday Pops...
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, through the December 24. Tickets range from $20 to $75 and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 617-354-7467.
Hold These Truths runs through December 31 at Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Tickets range from $29 to $77. Find a list of showtimes and purchase tickets...
...Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility is at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, through January 14. Find more information and tickets ($25-$125) here or by calling...
The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, will show Christmas Evil on Friday, December 22, and Saturday, December 23, at 11:59 pm. Tickets are $12.25 and can be purchased online here or at the door.
The Boston Society of Architects’ sixth annual gingerbread competiton is on view at BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Suite 200, Boston through December 31. The exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and weekends 10 am to 5 pm. Note: closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, through April 1, 2018. Find hours and admission prices here (free to BU students...
Happy holidays from the Gardner Museum!
Isabella purchased this rare work in 1907 with the help of Anders Zorn, leaving her usual art advisor, Bernard Berenson, seething with envy. Proud of the purchase, Gardner later collected the publications that documented the drawing’s discovery by Swedish collector, scholar, and dealer Fredrik R. Martin in Constantinople around 1905. Image: Gentile Bellini (1427 - 1507), Seated Scribe, 1479-1481, Pen in brown ink with watercolor and gold on paper.