9 hours ago
#TBT In 1981, American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and civil rights activist, Odetta, performed in the Tapestry Room. Often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” she was deemed the queen of American folk music by Martin Luther King Jr. ✊
17 hours ago
#TBT to the Commonwealth Tenant Association Candidate's Night last week: Allston Brighton CDC staff and volunteers have been working alongside residents of the Commonwealth Apartments and the Boston Housing Authority on their tenant elections. We're so excited to be a part of their leadership development process!
33 hours ago
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.
35 hours ago
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
39 hours ago
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
2 days ago
#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. 🌿
3 days ago
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.
3 days ago
We love seeing residents of Allston Brighton CDC housing giving back - that's Arthur on the far right!
4 days ago
Motor Vehicle Accident Response
4 days ago
Isabella disliked the mausoleum-like spaces of American museums of her time, thus she designed the flower-filled courtyard you see today!
4 days ago
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
4 days ago
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! 😱
5 days ago
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.
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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.
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.
#ThankYouThursday: Generous supporters like The Hamilton Company and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board ensure that the 1,000+ residents of our affordable housing have access to case management, referrals, leadership development opportunities (as pictured), financial coaching, and more. Thank you for your contributions to the #Allston #BrightonMA community!
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
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