6 hours ago
Nothing says summer quite like sunflower yellow walls! 🌻 The appropriately named Yellow Room showcases Isabella’s love of music, art, and her friendships with the creators in those fields.
29 hours ago
Isabella studied in France, where she picked up this motto: Think much, speak little, write nothing. Share this quote with the Isabella in your life! Image: Martin Mower, Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1917, oil.
37 hours ago
Happy Birthday, Rembrandt! 🎂 Not only is this one of his first self portraits, but it’s also the piece that solidified Isabella’s decision to transform her private collection into a public museum. #HatsOffToYouRembrandt Image: Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self-Portrait, Age 23, 1629, oil on oak panel.
38 hours ago
Isabella took care to exhibit the work of women artists in the contemporary galleries of her museum. This bust of Maria de Acosta Sargent by Anna Coleman Ladd is one such example! Object: Anna Coleman Ladd, Maria de Acosta Sargent, 1915, bronze.
2 days ago
One of the few nudes in Isabella’s collection, this figure drawing by Whistler shows a beautiful harmony of color. The blues on the fabric are similar to the Summer Blues growing in the Courtyard! 💙 Image: James McNeill Whistler, Lapis Lazuli (detail), 1885-1886, chalk and pastel on brown paper.
3 days ago
It’s looking like Christmas in July at the Gardner! 🎄 These Glory Bowers are some vigorous climbers and are growing strong and tall in the Courtyard. See these red and white beauties in person on your next visit!
3 days ago
Mark your calendars for July 27 when admission will be free, thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays! From martial arts to music performances, there's something fun for everyone. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2MQSi8b
3 days ago
Ali’s Roti Restaurant is serving some of the best Caribbean food in Boston. It’s all about the curry chicken roti. The portions are massive, and the price is right — you can eat an entire meal for about $10. (Note: There’s also a location at 1035 Tremont St. in Roxbury.)This article has 2 other Boston locations (Show)
1188 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA 02126
692 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125
3 days ago
#FarneseFact No, our revelers aren’t at a rave (though they would fit right in!). Long-wave ultraviolet light reveals which parts of the sarcophagus had to be recarved. This side was particularly damaged—only the green parts are original!
3 days ago
Get a close look at the revelers on our Farnese sarcophagus at our Life, Death & Revelry exhibition! For the first time in over 100 years, visitors can view this two millennia old work of art from all angles. Enjoy today: http://bit.ly/2IIuaD6
4 days ago
Tonight's the night! Drop in for Neighborhood Nights: Creative Cycle, a completely free evening full of dance, music, and performances. Join us from 5 - 9pm for this incredible and unforgettable night. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2tyk6XL
4 days ago
One Less Gun: Officers Recover One Firearm and Arrest Suspect for an Incident That Took Place in the Fenway Area of Boston
...green Chevrolet. Officers responding to the scene observed a green Chevrolet at the corner of Tremont Street and Ruggles Street, being operated by a black male wearing a black shirt...
...onto Ruggles Street. Officers observed the suspect’s vehicle drive through multiple stop signs on Ruggles Street and Shawmut Avenue, but while attempting to turn onto Washington Street at a high rate of speed, the...This article has 1 other Boston location (Show)
...District D-4 (South End) responded to call for shots fired in the area of 112 Jersey Street, Boston. Officers received information from the 911 dispatcher that the suspect, described as a black...
5 days ago
What’s your favorite color? 🌈 At our Saturday Open Studios, we’re making botanical-themed monoprints in every color of the rainbow. Drop in from 11 - 4pm this Saturday and make yourself a work of art! http://bit.ly/2KQTLej
5 days ago
You can’t miss our Medusa Mosaic—it’s the Courtyard’s centerpiece! This iconic work of art dates back to 117 AD, where it was first used as a floor for the baths of a villa. Today its beauty is on full display for all to enjoy. Object: Italian, Mosaic Floor: Medusa, 117-138 AD, stone and glass.
6 days ago
Love this post if this is the face your cat makes when it’s time for dinner. 😾 Made of gilt wood, this sour puss has been around since the 19th century! #TalkAbout9Lives Object: Emmanuel Frémiet, Cat Figurine (detail), 19th century, gilt wood.
6 days ago
Transformation Tuesday at The Food Project’s Langdon Farm! 4 youth spent the morning turning this weedy patch into 3 new beds to plant more food! If you haven’t heard, WE’RE ON INSTAGRAM! Follow us @dudleygrows #transformationtuesday #dudleygrows #GrowWellEatWellBeWell
6 days ago
Celebrate the best things in life on July 19 from 5:30 - 9pm for Third Thursdays: Life of the Party! 🎉 Bask in summer’s glow, and enjoy outdoor gardens, music, art-making, and friends. Buy your tickets now: http://bit.ly/2IAFnVs
6 days ago
Free Fun Friday is back again at the Gardner Museum! Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, your visit on July 27 is on us. This amazing day includes performances, music, food trucks, martial arts, and more! Don’t miss out: http://bit.ly/2MQSi8b (Photo: Ally Schmaling)
The Chinese Loggia is a transitional space between the meticulously curated Courtyard and the more naturally growing Monk’s Garden. The Chinese Buddhist sculptures add to the room’s calming affect and point to Isabella’s interest in and respect for different religious practices.
We loved having Tina Sutton from Bostonglobe at the #bcaball2018 capturing our fashion-forward guests! Follow the link to see some gorgeous outfits from the event. https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2018/06/29/jolly-good-show/3xLjv2qyAmvpVF8kn8GHOP/story.html
Isabella was quite the bookworm! The Gardner Museum’s collection contains over 1,500 rare books, including this copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy dating back to 1410! Object: Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (detail), about 1410-1420, ink on vellum.
In discussing her goals for the Museum with art historian and connoisseur, Bernard Berenson, Isabella wrote, “Let us aim awfully high. If you don’t aim, you can’t get there.” #LifeAdvice
Known for using folk art, Middle Eastern, and Asian motifs, artist Léon Bakst collaborated with celebrated dancer and actress Ida Rubinstein in 1911 for her ballet titled, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien. This painting is a perfect blend of Isabella’s passions: music, dance, and art! Image: Léon Bakst, Ida Rubinstein as Saint Sebastian (detail), 1911, pencil and watercolor on paper.
If you ever want a #spoiler about what the Courtyard will showcase next, look no further than our on-site Greenhouse! These Oleanders are waiting in the wings for their debut.
The cigarette butt in this envelope comes from the lips of Johannes Brahms. Isabella kept souvenirs of her friendships with musicians contemporary to her time. During a visit to Austria in 1894, she and Brahms were spotted “having tea together like old friends.”
Want to be part of the leadership of the thriving Dudley Greenhouse community? Four more days to nominate yourself or someone else for the Greenhouse Advisory Committee! Nominations due Monday, July 9th and can be made at bit.ly/gac-nomination
#FarneseFact Not all X-Rays are used for broken bones—see those little arrows in this reveler’s chest? It’s actually one of the many pins holding the marble together!
Watch the Farnese Sarcophagus come alive through thousands of photographs taken by OpenEndedGroup in this 3D video, part of our Life, Death & Revelry exhibition! Slip on your glasses and visit us today: http://bit.ly/2IIuaD6
#TBT In 1890, William James from the American Society for Psychical Research wrote to Isabella about his group’s interest in communication with the dead. He solicits her financial support with a sense of humor, asking that she might make a donation “if ‘the spirit moves’ you.”
Enjoy an awesome evening full of music and dance performances at Neighborhood Nights: Creative Cycles! This free event is inspired by our latest exhibition, Life, Death & Revelry. Save the date: http://bit.ly/2tyk6XL
This portrait by Degas depicts Joséphine Gaujelin, a famous dancer for the Opéra in Paris. Degas chose not to paint her as a charismatic beauty, as was her reputation, and instead rendered her as an unglamorous though incredibly compelling woman. Image: Edgar Degas, Joséphine Gaujelin, 1867, oil on canvas.
Our Saturday Open Studios bring fun all summer! Join us in the Studio for a hands-on printmaking project inspired by the theme Life Cycles. See some art then make some art—what could make for a better weekend? Learn more: http://bit.ly/2IrHZVr
Happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸 🎆 We’re closed today to celebrate, so be sure to visit us tomorrow from 11-9 and enjoy Isabella’s many pieces of US history, including her autographed photo of Teddy Roosevelt! Image: Arthur Hewitt, President Theodore Roosevelt (detail), 1904, platinum print.
Believe it or not, this Japanese case with gold, silver, and mother of pearl decorations was actually used as a medicine case back in the 18th century. First aid kits never looked so good! Object: Japanese, Medicine Case (Inro), 18th century, lacquered wood with gold, silver, and mother-of pearl decoration; with lacquer netsuke and silver, copper, and shibuichi alloy ojime.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 28! We have TWO powerful openings that night, from 6 to 9 pm! In Mills Gallery, we'll be opening Resistant Currents, which focuses on the cruelties of language and symbols as tools of domination, employed in the physical control of borders and used to coerce assimilation into dominant social group. On the Plaza outside, we'll debut Summer Public Artist Resident Rashin Fahandej's A Father's Lullaby, a multi-platform project to consider the absence of fathers in communities of color as a direct result of mass incarceration, its life-long impact on children who are left behind and its weight on women and lower-income families, explored through the space of love and intimacy. #bosarts #installationart #gallery #immigration #incarceration @ Boston Center for the Arts
#TransformationTuesday Our Chief Horticulturist, Stan Kozak, and his team aren’t the only ones who care for our Courtyard! Our volunteers work hard every week to make sure the plants are refreshed and looking their best. 🌿
Grow food and community at the Dudley Greenhouse. Nominate yourself or a friend to join the Greenhouse Advisory Committee! Open to residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. For more info and to nominate yourself or others, visit: http://thefoodproject.org/node/775 Bay State Banner Uphams Corner News MyDorchester
The Early Italian Room is united by the color gold. One prominent example is Niccolò di Pietro Gerini’s Saint Anthony Abbot with Four Angels. Isabella paired it with the smaller Saint Elizabeth of Hungary painting with its complementary shape and golden color scheme.
A big round of applause for YOU! Because of over 100 generous donors we successfully unlocked an additional donation of $5,000. Thank you! #100donors100days #success #becauseofyou
Isabella’s father, David Stewart, was of Scottish descent and made his fortune in the Irish linen trade and mining investments. His inheritance allowed Isabella to create her Museum!
The Gardner collection includes some quirky treasures, like this lock of composer Franz Liszt’s hair)! 💇🏻♂️ See this unusual object for yourself by visiting the Isabella’s Relics exhibition in the Vatichino! http://bit.ly/2HsvMQe
THIS IS IT! The final stretch, just 6 hours and 5 donors left to go. Don’t let $5,000 pass us by, make your gift today and support your artists #100donors100days #supportyourartists GIVE: https://bcaonline.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n41000002K88WAAS
Just 12 hours and 9 donors left to go! Every single gift (no matter how big or small) makes a difference. Boston needs our artists and we need your support before midnight tonight! #100donors100days #supportyourartists GIVE: https://bcaonline.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n41000002K88WAAS Photo Credit: Allison Cekala
Rendered in gilded poplar and glass, this mirror depicts the Greek figures Bacchus and Ariadne. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, is the god of wine and revelry. He makes an additional appearance in the Museum on our Farnese Sarcophagus, currently on display in our Life, Death & Revelry exhibition! Object: Italian, Mirror (Specchiera): Bacchus and Ariadne, 19th century, gilded poplar and mirrored glass.
The statuesque Agapanthus flowers are blooming in the Courtyard! Visit us soon and snap some shots of these gorgeous summer blues. 💙
#DidYouKnow Isabella had some excellent names for all her horses, including Fast Stepper (as seen in the pic), King Cole, Lady Betty, racing horse Halton, and pony Dolly! 🐎
Artist Studios available! Are you interested in joining a thriving artist community? Head to www.bcaonline.org and learn more about how YOU can snag space in our Artist Studios Building. Don't delay, applications are due July 8! #workingartist #bosarts #boston #studio
Wait, where did the baby go? After centuries of exposure to the elements, it got a major makeover by 18th century conservator, Albacini. The baby was too damaged to be saved, but there’s still evidence of his tiny fingers holding on to the grapes! #FarneseFact
Looking to learn more about youth development, sustainable agriculture, and food justice? Want to build a network of peers from across the globe who share these similar interests? Join The Food Project for our Summer Institute from August 1-3. This three-day Institute is packed with activities, workshops, and learning, both in the classroom and on the farm. For more information and to register, visit thefoodproject.org/institute