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Make the Gardner part of your holidays with these tree ornaments of Isabella Stewart Gardner and artist pal John Singer Sargent! Shop now: http://bit.ly/2zXeive
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Beat the chilly November blues with the yellows, pinks, and greens of the Gardner Museum Courtyard! We’re open today.
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Composer-violinist Charles Martin Loeffler was one of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s closest friends. When Isabella completed her museum, Loeffler used its Music Room to debut “Pagan Poem,” one of his most important compositions. Loeffler and his friend Mabel Hunt Slater gave this cast of Loeffler’s hand to Gardner as Christmas present in 1914. Object: P.P. Caproni and Brother (active 1892 - 1927), Charles Martin Loeffler’s Hand, 1914, plaster.
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The Museum is closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please visit us when we reopen at 11 am tomorrow: http://bit.ly/2zVWvEK
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This painting stands out in the Gardner Museum, a French Rococo work hidden in plain sight among Italian Renaissance paintings. What we wonder about is the absence of the titular character. Venus is missing from ‘The Chariot of Venus’! Curators believe this work may be part of a larger painting that was later cut into sections. Image: François Boucher, The Chariot of Venus, 18th Century, oil on canvas.
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Experiment, engage, and create in the Bertucci Education Studio on Saturday, November 25! Connect with the Museum’s rich collection through hands-on, interactive, and fun experiences during this drop-in workshop. Learn More: http://bit.ly/2zVIqqX
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This Roman bust from the Long Gallery is halfway through a laser cleaning by a member of our conservation staff. Soon this split personality will be squeaky clean on all sides and restored to the gallery! #TransformationTuesday
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On November 30, join us for a cabaret-style performance in celebration of Henry James and American Painting. The evening will consist of vivid vignette descriptions of James’s female characters interspersed with musical reflections on these characters drawn from opera, musical theater, and popular compositions spanning from 1870 through today. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2mOgdwN
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This photo of the Museum’s Chapel features Paul César Helleu’s The Interior of the Abbey Church of Saint Denis. The painting is surrounded by dark wood and stained glass, some featuring images of Saint Denis and some from churches in France. The end result is a work of art within an installation that is a work of art itself, something Isabella was a master of. Image: Paul César Helleu, The Interior of the Abbey Church of Saint Denis, about 1891, oil on canvas.
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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. 🐕🐕
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
Experience our stunning Courtyard garden and exquisite galleries by moonlight. The Gardner is open until 9 pm on Thursdays!
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.
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.
“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
Don't miss our upcoming Third Thursday event, featuring hands-on artmaking, activities with Boston Literary District, music by Will Dailey, and much more!
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.
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
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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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)
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.
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.
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
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.
From large single stems to teensy clusters of buds, chrysanthemums are blooming across the Museum’s Courtyard!
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
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
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