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A sarpech is a traditional Indian ornament used mainly by noblemen on the fronts of their turbans. On the back is a shaft to hold a feather, so the wearer can add even more panache to their look. Twelve different gems adorn this ornament, nine of which form the standard combination of the talismanic navaratna. Object: Indian, Turban Ornament (Sarpech) (detail), 19th century, white nephrite jade base, with gems set in gold, and a gilded metal pin.
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Switch up your Saturday by coming to our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power! In collaboration with Polly Thayer Starr Artist Peter Evonuk, this hands-on art project takes inspiration from sculpture to create beautiful paintings. Mark your calendars: http://bit.ly/2Gol4cx
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Summer is almost here—have you planned your vacation yet? Look no further than the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! Full of art, history, and culture, our Museum has something exciting for the whole family. Plan your visit now: http://bit.ly/2DoIb9y
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#TransformationTuesday Every Tuesday, our head of horticulture, Stan Kozak, and his expert team go out and spruce up the Courtyard. New species are brought in every month, which requires meticulous planning to make sure the plants are ready for their debut. 🌿
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When you visit the Veronese Room, be sure to look up! Crowned with flowers of Cupid in a court of gods and goddesses, The Coronation of Hebe was a subject fit for the queen of Fenway Court. 👑 Image: Studio of Paolo Veronese, The Coronation of Hebe, 1580-1589, oil on canvas.
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Isabella disliked the mausoleum-like spaces of American museums of her time, thus she designed the flower-filled courtyard you see today!
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Congrats, Class of 2018! 👩🎓👨🎓 Not sure what to get your grad student? Look no further than the Gardner Museum! Spend a day catching up by the Courtyard or pick up something special for them in our gift shop. Visit us today: http://bit.ly/2GaSmAa
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Isabella loved modern dance, and even invited American dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis to perform at the Gardner Museum in 1908. This caused quite a scandal, as Ruth danced barefoot! 😱
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We’ve been head-over-heels for Fra Angelico lately (can you blame us?) but our art collection has many more Madonnas to behold! This 16th century painting has similar radiating gold lines like the ones in Fra Angelico’s reliquaries, but the bright color palette and botanical imagery put this painting in a category all on its own. Image: After Martin Schongauer, The Virgin and Child of the Rose Bower (detail), mid 16th century, oil on panel.
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WGBH's Jim Braude and Arts Editor Jared Bowen feast their eyes (and their stomachs!) on cuisine at our very own Café G! Join their field trip to the Gardner Museum and take in the visual and culinary experience: http://bit.ly/2LfrzC6
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Operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba was a Gilded Age celebrity and admirer of both Gardner and her museum. She performed at Fenway Court in 1905, where she sang into the Courtyard from the top of the stairs to the Dutch Room. Image: Ernest Walter Histed, Nellie Melba, 1899, platinum print.
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To put it simply, a relic is any object of importance. Back in the Renaissance, this reliquary by Fra Angelico was full of relics from deceased saints, like bits of hair and skin. A relic of the 21st century might be less morbid, like a pocket watch or family heirloom. Let us know what your relics are in the comments below with #WhatsYourRelic! Image: Fra Angelico, The Madonna della Stella (detail), 1424-1434, tempera with oil glazes and gold on panel.
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Tonight’s the night! Join us from 5:30-9 pm for Third Thursdays: Creative Play. Music lovers can jam out with DJ Dayglow in the Courtyard, creators can build their ideal space in the Studio, plant people can relax in our outdoor gardens, and art appreciators can chat with designers Sabrina Dorsainvil and Silvia López Chavez. Last call for tickets: http://bit.ly/2rjDq9p
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Tune in tonight at 7 pm on @WGBH for a "Man-Date" at Café G with Jim Braude and Jared Bowen! 🥂
This jar was gifted to Isabella by Okakura Kakuzo, a Japanese art historian and philosopher. Crafted in a porcelain workshop in Seto, the decoration imitates the Chinese porcelain style know as Shonzui, introduced to Japan in the 17th century. Object: Japanese, Freshwater Jar with Lid, 19th century, porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze and lacquered lid.
Calling all creatives! This Saturday, visit us for our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power. Get inspired by our Museum’s incredible artwork, then take home a your own masterpiece! Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2rApyaU
The Gardner Museum is the perfect place for visitors of all ages to make deep personal connections to art of the past and present. Travel back in time (and around the globe!) as you peruse our collection’s immense collection of art and art objects. What are you waiting for? Visit us today: http://bit.ly/2GaSmAa
Come and be moved by the power of music in community with RISE: Community Sings! On May 24, Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell will lead participants in singing rhythms, chants, and songs from African and African-American traditions. No experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is a love of music and song! Mark your calendars: http://bit.ly/2ryiVXu
Calling all members! Today is the last day to enjoy double the discount at Gift at the Gardner! Use your 20% off discount on our online shop to buy that special something you’ve been eyeing. Whether it’s jewelry, journals, or trinkets, take home a reminder of the Gardner experience today! http://bit.ly/2Kfk2BY
Don’t let the size of the Short Gallery fool you—this small, informal space houses the works of numerous great artists, including Henri Matisse, Agnolo Bronzino, and Michelangelo Buonarroti!
Got a grad in your life? Nothing says congratulations like a trip to the Gardner Museum! When you’re done touring the Palace, stop by our gift shop to get them something special. Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/2GaSmAa
Tomorrow is the last day for members to enjoy double their member discount at Gift at the Gardner! Visit our gift shop today or order online tomorrow for 20% off all regularly priced items. Find that perfect gift for a friend, family member, or yourself! Not a member? Sign up today and see what other exclusive benefits the Gardner Museum has to offer: http://bit.ly/2HXJMSm
Congratulations, Class of 2018! 🎓 Heading to Boston for the ceremony? Bring your grad to the Gardner and get them something special in our gift shop. Skip the line by visiting our website to score tickets for the whole family: http://bit.ly/2GaSmAa
What better way to celebrate #MothersDay than a shout-out to Julia Ward Howe? Abolitionist, social reformer, and friend to Isabella, Howe penned the Mother’s Day Proclamation, an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. 🌎 Visit the Blue Room to admire her portrait!
#FunFact Upon his first visit to the Gardner Museum in 2004, New Wing architect Renzo Piano remarked, “This woman was mad, this is extraordinary.”
Happy Mother’s Day! There’s no better way to tell your mom how much she means to you than a relaxing day at the Gardner Museum. Take a break, have some fun, and have a lovely day! 💕
The most decorated and illustrative nightstand you’ve ever seen is located in our Raphael Room! Crafted out of pine, pear, walnut veneer, with inlays of ivory, mother-of-pearl, and various woods, you have to look twice to see all the details. 🔎 Object: Venetian, Nightstand (Comodino) (detail), 2nd quarter of the 18th century, pine, pear, walnut veneer, with inlays of ivory, mother-of-pearl, and various woods.
Every month or so, our Courtyard gets a new set of flowers to keep things looking fresh. See what’s waiting in the wings, like these Streptocarpus Cape Primroses by visiting our onsite Greenhouse!
We’ve got a sweet deal for all our members! From May 11 - 15, members receive 20% off all regularly priced merchandise in Gift at the Gardner. Buy a birthday gift, get your mom something special for Mother’s Day, or treat yourself! Not a member? Join the fun and receive all the exclusive member benefits the Gardner Museum has to offer! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2rlW9kD
Any cat people here? 🙋 🐱 Join us on May 11 from 2 - 2:30 for our Collection Conservation Talk: The Conservation of Cats! Holly Salmon, our Gardner Museum Objects Conservator, will discuss the conservation of various feline objects in the Museum. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2JSa1Lb
Looking like golden four-leaf clovers, the holes on the right side of this Fra Angelico reliquary once held relics of deceased saints, like bits of hair and skin. A relic could mean anything important or sacred, so we’re asking you: what are some of the relics in your life? From an autograph to a lucky sweater, let us know down below with #WhatsYourRelic!
Calling all members! From May 11 - 15, double your member discount in Gift at the Gardner and enjoy 20% off all regularly-priced merchandise. Find that perfect gift for someone special or treat yourself! Not a member? Now’s a great time to enjoy all the exclusive member benefits the Gardner Museum has to offer! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2rlW9kD
Join us on May 17 for our Third Thursdays: Creative Play! 🥂 We’re collaborating with our neighbors at MassArt for an evening celebrating imagination, creative connections, and curiosity. Score some tickets: http://bit.ly/2rjDq9p
Catch us in the Courtyard this evening for our extended hours! We’re open until 9 pm every Thursday, so you can soak up the Palace’s exquisite beauty as night falls over the Courtyard. And pro tip: visiting us during the golden hour makes for some fabulous selfies!
Saturday can’t come fast enough! End your week with an afternoon of fun with our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2rmcTrO
As well as telling the love story of David and Bathsheba, this painting by Herri Met De Bles is chock full of courtly scenes. From a game of court tennis to an elaborate topiary maze, the landscape’s details make for delightful additions to this Biblical retelling. Image: Herri Met De Bles, The Story of David and Bathsheba, about 1535-1540, oil on panel.
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Join us on May 17 for choreographer Tom Gold’s newest work, “Blind Revelry.” Performed by the New York Theatre Ballet to music by Stephen Sondheim, this dramatic dance brings the Greek gods on our Farnese Sarcophagus to life! Buy tickets today: http://bit.ly/2KBXuMP
For the first time in over 200 years, all four of Fra Angelico’s reliquaries are displayed in our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition—but their union will only last until May 20th! Plan your visit now to witness these revolutionary works: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE