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.colleges_fenway students: Did you miss Third Thursdays, Dog Days of Summer? We have good news for you! This afternoon Buster the adorable and fluffy therapy dog is on-site to help with your de-stressing needs. 🐕🐕

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We’re ready for a night of music, activities,...

We’re ready for a night of music, activities, and art-filled galleries at Third Thursdays: Word Play with Boston Literary District! Will we see you here tonight? http://bit.ly/2m58Gth

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    We're ready for a night of music, activities, and art-filled galleries at Third Thursdays: Word Play with Boston Literary District! Will we see you here tonight? http://bit.ly/2m58Gth
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This signed photo was a gift from famous ball...

This signed photo was a gift from famous ballerina Anna Pavlova (for whom the dessert pavlova was named) to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The inscription reads: “à Madame John L. Gardner / avec mes sentiments de profound / respect et de gratitude / votre bien dev / Anna Pavlowa / 15 Jan 18.” This translates as, “with my profound feelings of respect and gratitude, your very devoted…” Image: Unknown artist, Photo of Anna Pavlova, about 1918.

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    This signed photo was a gift from famous ballerina Anna Pavlova (for whom the dessert pavlova was named) to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The inscription reads: "à Madame John L. Gardner / avec mes...
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This illustration of a medicinal plant can be...

This illustration of a medicinal plant can be seen in a manuscript in the Tapestry Room. While Isabella did travel to the Middle East, and it’s possible that this is why the work appealed to her, the manuscript was purchased from a New York dealer with the help of Isabella’s friends Bernard Berenson and Denman Waldo Ross. Image: Abdallah ibn al-Fadl, Verbena Recta and Verbena Supina, 1224, ink and watercolor on paper.

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    This illustration of a medicinal plant can be seen in a manuscript in the Tapestry Room. While Isabella did travel to the Middle East, and it's possible that this is why the work appealed to her, the...
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In Isabella’s day, the Raphael Room had stunn...

In Isabella’s day, the Raphael Room had stunning hangings on either side of the fireplace, with detailed appliques, rich velvet background, and an estimated 40,000 sequins. Today our textile conservators are recreating these hangings with hand-stitched pieces that will be quilted together to create the final work!

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    In Isabella's day, the Raphael Room had stunning hangings on either side of the fireplace, with detailed appliques, rich velvet background, and an estimated 40,000 sequins. Today our textile...
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6 days ago

What would you have worn to a party thrown by...

What would you have worn to a party thrown by Isabella Stewart Gardner? Drop by the Studio this Saturday, November 18, between 11 am and 4 pm, to explore how we use the arts to fashion personal identity. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2mtJ49R

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    What would you have worn to a party thrown by Isabella Stewart Gardner? Drop by the Studio this Saturday, November 18, between 11 am and 4 pm, to explore how we use the arts to fashion personal...
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6 days ago

Get ready: Concert tickets for the Gardner’s ...

Get ready: Concert tickets for the Gardner’s Winter/Spring season go on sale starting tomorrow. Members and patrons enjoy exclusive access to concert tickets before they become available to the public on Wednesday, November 27. Love music, but not yet a member? Join today! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2zBvDd9

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    Get ready: Concert tickets for the Gardner's Winter/Spring season go on sale starting tomorrow. Members and patrons enjoy exclusive access to concert tickets before they become available to the...
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Nov 13

While the rooms on the first floor of the Mus...

While the rooms on the first floor of the Museum have a more personal feel, Isabella created intimate installations in the upper galleries of her museum as well. The Dutch Room is known for its collection of Dutch Master paintings, but close looking reveals easily missed details such as the objects on this desk. The small pig figurine was a Christmas gift to Isabella from Denman Waldo Ross.

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    While the rooms on the first floor of the Museum have a more personal feel, Isabella created intimate installations in the upper galleries of her museum as well. The Dutch Room is known for its...
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Nov 09

Experience our stunning Courtyard garden and ...

Experience our stunning Courtyard garden and exquisite galleries by moonlight. The Gardner is open until 9 pm on Thursdays!

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    Experience our stunning Courtyard garden and exquisite galleries by moonlight. The Gardner is open until 9 pm on Thursdays!
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Nov 09

Lunch, Anyone? Giggling Rice

Giggling Rice, 1009 Beacon St., Brookline, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant accepts all major credit cards and is wheelchair-accessible. Order for delivery or pickup at 617-232-9888. Take a MBTA Green Line trolley to BU Central and walk down St. Mary’s Street to Beacon Street.

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    South Campus' best kept secret BU fans of Thai food can reel off the many restaurants around campus that serve up the popular cuisine. From Brown Sugar Cafe on West Campus to Noodle Street on East Campus, you don't have to walk far to get your fix.
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Nov 08

Isabella Stewart Gardner was friends with a n...

Isabella Stewart Gardner was friends with a number of contemporary artists, including Dodge MacKnight. The ground floors of her museum hold works by MacKnight, Zorn, and Sargent among others. But only MacKnight has a room named after him at the Gardner. Image: Dodge MacKnight (1860-1950), The Bay, Belle-Île, 1890, watercolor on paper.

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    Isabella Stewart Gardner was friends with a number of contemporary artists, including Dodge MacKnight. The ground floors of her museum hold works by MacKnight, Zorn, and Sargent among others. But...
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Nov 08

“There are few hours in life more agreeable t...

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady. We wholeheartedly agree with this quote, which is why we worked with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas to create this unique Henry James-inspired tea for the Gardner. Learn More or Purchase: http://bit.ly/2m44WbA

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    "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady. We wholeheartedly agree with this quote, which is...
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Nov 08

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shared their ...

Don't miss our upcoming Third Thursday event, featuring hands-on artmaking, activities with Boston Literary District, music by Will Dailey, and much more!

    Third Thursdays: Word Play
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Nov 08

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum added an even...

This evening we invite you to make creative connections in the galleries and interact with local artists and writers. Get inspired by our Henry James and American Painting exhibition through literary games, artistic exploration, and poetic activities, using Henry James’s writing as a jumping off point.

    Third Thursdays: Word Play
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Nov 07

The first step in any conservation project is...

The first step in any conservation project is close looking. Here you see a technician examining an Italian leather-upholstered stool from the Long Gallery. Examination helps conservators understand how a piece was created, what previous restorations may have happened, and what has changed over time. Understanding all of these is important when deciding how, or even if, a piece should be treated. #TransformationTuesday

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    The first step in any conservation project is close looking. Here you see a technician examining an Italian leather-upholstered stool from the Long Gallery. Examination helps conservators understand...
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Nov 07

Saturdays are a great time to flex your creat...

Saturdays are a great time to flex your creative muscles. Drop by the Gardner between 11 am and 4 pm for fun, hands-on art activities in our Education Studio! Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zlB7J0

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    Saturdays are a great time to flex your creative muscles. Drop by the Gardner between 11 am and 4 pm for fun, hands-on art activities in our Education Studio! Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zlB7J0
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Nov 07

Planning Board Meeting (sign & facade), Room 111, 11/15/2017, 8:15 a.m.

8:30 am    1038 Beacon Street – Install new façade signs for Down Under School of Yoga, Maluken & Sushi Express, Padmatch Realty and Tbaar (formerly Sunrise Cleaners, Sushi Express and Better Place Realty)

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1330 Beacon Street – Installing new awning for Allium Market (formerly Walgreens).  Pct. 9 (Approved, 9/18/17)

1423 Beacon Street – New vinyl window sign and logo for Kingston Real Estate (formerly Practical Video Solutions).  Pct. 10 (Approved, 10/12/17)

    Planning Board Meeting (sign & facade), Room 111, 11/15/2017, 8:15 a.m.
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Nov 06

The Blue Room brims with objects that reflect...

The Blue Room brims with objects that reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner’s personal relationships. Here you see Zorn’s The Omnibus. The case below contains a photograph of the social reformer Julia Ward Howe, a friend of Isabella’s. Because Howe was an active proponent of women’s independent travel, Gardner’s positioning of this painting, depicting unchaperoned women commuting in Paris, would appear to be intentional.

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    The Blue Room brims with objects that reflect Isabella Stewart Gardner's personal relationships. Here you see Zorn's The Omnibus. The case below contains a photograph of the social reformer Julia...
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Nov 05

Isabella crafted travel albums to remember he...

Isabella crafted travel albums to remember her trips abroad. In this album from her 1879 trip to England, she included photos (often cut apart and pasted in to demonstrate a reimagining of architecture), sketches, text, and even plant clippings pressed between the pages! Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840 - 1924), Travel Album: England, Vol. I, 1879.

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    Isabella crafted travel albums to remember her trips abroad. In this album from her 1879 trip to England, she included photos (often cut apart and pasted in to demonstrate a reimagining of...
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Nov 05

Join us on November 12 for Text on a Tangent....

Join us on November 12 for Text on a Tangent. In this intimate group workshop, Harvard professor Doris Sommer will lead us on a creative exploration, using a piece of text by Henry James as a catalyst for making art. Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zcssbG

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    Join us on November 12 for Text on a Tangent. In this intimate group workshop, Harvard professor Doris Sommer will lead us on a creative exploration, using a piece of text by Henry James as a...
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Nov 04

This puzzling painting was one of the first w...

This puzzling painting was one of the first works by an old master that Isabella Gardner purchased. She bought it in 1892 as a painting by Lucas Cranach, but since then scholars have disputed that attribution. Some say the figures may have been painted by Cranach; others feel they are too sweetly portrayed and must be by another artist. Is this a painting begun by Cranach and then finished or reworked by a student or assistant? Or is it by a later imitator? Image: Follower of Lucas Cranach, the Elder (1472 - 1553), Adam and Eve, 16th Century, oil on panel.

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    This puzzling painting was one of the first works by an old master that Isabella Gardner purchased. She bought it in 1892 as a painting by Lucas Cranach, but since then scholars have disputed that...
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Nov 03

From large single stems to teensy clusters of...

From large single stems to teensy clusters of buds, chrysanthemums are blooming across the Museum’s Courtyard!

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    From large single stems to teensy clusters of buds, chrysanthemums are blooming across the Museum's Courtyard!
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Nov 03

Join us on November 9 for a Landscape Lecture...

Join us on November 9 for a Landscape Lecture by Gerdo Aquino, CEO of SWA—a design firm recognized for its creative ideas in landscape architecture, urban design, and planning. Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zazEFc

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    Join us on November 9 for a Landscape Lecture by Gerdo Aquino, CEO of SWA-a design firm recognized for its creative ideas in landscape architecture, urban design, and planning. Learn More:...
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Nov 02

Planning Board Meeting, Room 111, 11/9/2017, 7:30 p.m., Revised 11/2/2017

8:00 pm      20 Chapel Street – expand banquet facility into lower level requiring relief for off-street parking (11/30) Pct. 1

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7:30 pm      1330 Boylston Street – review of replacement façade sign, free standing sign and modifications to building façade Pct. 15   

7:45 pm      25 Asheville Road (continued) – construct a second story on a single family home (12/7) Pct. 16

8:00 pm      50 Sumner Road – construct a two car garage requiring relief for setbacks and off-street parking (11/30) Pct. 12 POSTPONED TO 11/30

 8:30 pm    399 Chestnut Hill Avenue (AC Hotel) – review of hotel signage Pct. 13

    Planning Board Meeting, Room 111, 11/9/2017, 7:30 p.m., Revised 11/2/2017
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Nov 01

When Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired Titian...

When Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired Titian’s Rape of Europa, it became the most important Renaissance painting in the United States. Isabella gave the painting a personal and thoughtful home in the Museum, even including a panel from one of her favorite ball gowns! Read the full story: http://bit.ly/2hzE0L8

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    When Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired Titian's Rape of Europa, it became the most important Renaissance painting in the United States. Isabella gave the painting a personal and thoughtful home in...
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Nov 01

Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucc...

Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucci Education Studio on Saturday, November 4! Connect with the Museum’s rich collection through hands-on, interactive, and fun experiences during this drop-in workshop. Learn More: http://bit.ly/2lEOEpg

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    Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucci Education Studio on Saturday, November 4! Connect with the Museum's rich collection through hands-on, interactive, and fun experiences during this...
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Oct 30

In keeping with the English churches on which...

In keeping with the English churches on which the room is modeled, the Gardner Museum’s Gothic Room contains many examples of stained glass. The colored light filtering through these windows bring to life the many carved and gilt pieces throughout the room.

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    In keeping with the English churches on which the room is modeled, the Gardner Museum's Gothic Room contains many examples of stained glass. The colored light filtering through these windows bring to...
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Oct 30

Poet Robert Pinsky, author of At the Foundlin...

Poet Robert Pinsky, author of At the Foundling Hospital, will present an intimate, hour-long reading in the Gardner’s Tapestry Room on November 6. The reading is included with Museum admission, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up today! http://bit.ly/2lsghlf

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    Poet Robert Pinsky, author of At the Foundling Hospital, will present an intimate, hour-long reading in the Gardner's Tapestry Room on November 6. The reading is included with Museum admission, but...
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Oct 29

While she collected and created photographs t...

While she collected and created photographs throughout much of her life, Isabella Stewart Gardner rarely sat for professional photographers. This portrait was taken by Dr. Otto Rosenheim, a noted biochemist and amateur photographer, in London in 1906. Several years later, Rosenheim wrote to Gardner to ask if she might autograph a print for him to send to art historian Bernard Berenson, who was “delighted” with the original image. 📷 : Otto Rosenheim (1871 - 1955), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1906, gelatin silver print.

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    While she collected and created photographs throughout much of her life, Isabella Stewart Gardner rarely sat for professional photographers. This portrait was taken by Dr. Otto Rosenheim, a noted...
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Oct 28

Before she began collecting paintings or scul...

Before she began collecting paintings or sculptures, Isabella Stewart Gardner collected literary works of art. After studying with Harvard professor Eliot Norton, Isabella began purchasing early and rare editions of Dante, including this hand-illuminated copy of the Divine Comedy from 1487. 📖 : Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Divine Comedy, 1487, Ink on paper.

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    Before she began collecting paintings or sculptures, Isabella Stewart Gardner collected literary works of art. After studying with Harvard professor Eliot Norton, Isabella began purchasing early and...
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Oct 28

On November 5, hear The Kalichstein-Laredo-Ro...

On November 5, hear The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (KLR) perform Beethoven Piano Trios: http://bit.ly/2i0DrdK

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    On November 5, hear The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (KLR) perform Beethoven Piano Trios: http://bit.ly/2i0DrdK
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Oct 27

Single stem chrysanthemums are brightening th...

Single stem chrysanthemums are brightening the Courtyard with their sunny faces!

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    Single stem chrysanthemums are brightening the Courtyard with their sunny faces!
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Oct 27

Today we’re celebrating #ArtsMatterDay at the...

Today we’re celebrating #ArtsMatterDay at the Gardner Museum. We believe the arts matter because arts build connections between people. Why do you think the arts matter? #ArtsMatter

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    Today we're celebrating #ArtsMatterDay at the Gardner Museum. We believe the arts matter because arts build connections between people. Why do you think the arts matter? #ArtsMatter
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Oct 27

On November 4, join a discussion on the intri...

On November 4, join a discussion on the intricacies of Henry James and Isabella Stewart Gardner’s remarkable friendship, deeply rooted in their shared passion for the arts. Learn More or get Tickets: http://bit.ly/2zJPCnj

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    On November 4, join a discussion on the intricacies of Henry James and Isabella Stewart Gardner's remarkable friendship, deeply rooted in their shared passion for the arts. Learn More or get...
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Oct 26

The Museum feels different at night. We’re op...

The Museum feels different at night. We’re open until 9 pm on Thursdays, stop by to experience the galleries by twilight!

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    The Museum feels different at night. We're open until 9 pm on Thursdays, stop by to experience the galleries by twilight!
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Oct 26

Isabella opened her Museum for the first time...

Isabella opened her Museum for the first time in 1903, but continued to acquire new works and rearrange rooms until her death in 1924. Pictured here is the Chinese Room. Over the years Isabella moved many of the Asian works from this room into a private space in memoriam to her friendship with Okakura Kakuzo, who died in 1913. This room then filled with Italian Renaissance works, and is today called the Early Italian Room. 📷 : Thomas E. Marr and Sons, First Chinese Room, 1903.

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    Isabella opened her Museum for the first time in 1903, but continued to acquire new works and rearrange rooms until her death in 1924. Pictured here is the Chinese Room. Over the years Isabella moved...
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