14 hours ago

One thing’s for sure: Sargent was a master at...

One thing’s for sure: Sargent was a master at gestural brushstrokes! This towering Spanish Madonna wears a shimmering halo and robes that cascade gold. Her outfit is completed not by meticulous details, but in the viewer’s imagination. Image: John Singer Sargent, A Spanish Madonna, about 1879, oil on panel.


31 hours ago

To complement the nasturtium’s vibrant orange...

To complement the nasturtium’s vibrant orange color, these lollipop plants add a touch of sunny glow to our lush Courtyard. 🧡 What’s your favorite plant at the Gardner Museum?


37 hours ago

On April 28, join us for “From Saints to Cele...

On April 28, join us for “From Saints to Celebrities,” a conversation exploring relic collecting from the Renaissance to the Gilded Age. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2EMBomY


2 days ago

Relics in the Renaissance had a morbid twist ...

Relics in the Renaissance had a morbid twist (ie bits of deceased saints 😱), but the relics of today can come in several forms. We want to know #WhatsYourRelic. Let us know in the comment section what items you hold dear and be sure to visit our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition to see the reliquaries that inspired the hashtag: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


2 days ago

#TBT This photo of the Courtyard dates back t...

#TBT This photo of the Courtyard dates back to 1900. #NoFilter In keeping with Isabella’s vision, we strive to keep the Courtyard as she intended, which includes using cuttings and seedlings that date back to Isabella herself!


2 days ago

Did you know members get in for free to ALL T...

Did you know members get in for free to ALL Third Thursdays? Now through May 17, get two free guest passes and savings on a year-long membership when you use Promo Code FUN2018! Join now: http://bit.ly/2qjPO8C


2 days ago

Getting antsy for the weekend? We can’t blame...

Getting antsy for the weekend? We can’t blame you—our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power makes for an amazing day! Drop by this Saturday for an afternoon of art-making. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EJHUut


3 days ago

It’s a yellow kind of day! 💛 The artist, Dewi...

It’s a yellow kind of day! 💛 The artist, Dewing, created a striking contrast between the precisely modeled face and arms, and the feathery brushstrokes of the dress. Isabella hung the painting in the Yellow Room, a setting perfectly attuned to the hue of the woman’s dress. Image: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, A Lady in Yellow, 1888, oil on panel.


3 days ago

Join us April 26 in Calderwood Hall for RISE ...

Join us April 26 in Calderwood Hall for RISE featuring award winning jazz and world music vocalist and Grammy award nominee, Gretchen Parlato! Score tickets to this inspiring event: http://bit.ly/2GIYxbG


3 days ago

Experience the awesome beauty of Fra Angelico...

Experience the awesome beauty of Fra Angelico’s masterpieces. For the first time in over 200 years, all four of Fra Angelico’s reliquaries are reunited. Don’t miss out on this heavenly experience! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


3 days ago

April Vacation Week is finally here! 🌷 Join u...

April Vacation Week is finally here! 🌷 Join us today from 11 - 4:30 pm for a day full of art making and musical performances. Bring the fam: http://bit.ly/2EH2z2d


4 days ago

#TransformationTuesday Our conservation techn...

#TransformationTuesday Our conservation technician, Sarah Towers, painstakingly restores the guilded frame for Joseph London Smith’s painting “Adoration of the Kings.” A project like this can take as long as 100 hours to complete!


4 days ago

Treat yourself on April 18 to a day full of a...

Treat yourself on April 18 to a day full of activities during April School Vacation Week! From an electric violin performance to designing your own origami power gem, there’s loads to experience and create. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EH2z2d


5 days ago

Isabella thought the painting on the right (J...

Isabella thought the painting on the right (Juana of Austria and a Young Girl) was a Titian, and therefore hung it in the Titian room opposite his Europa painting. Although not by Titian, it was painted at the same time that the Europa painting arrived at the Spanish court. Image: Sofonisba Anguissola, Juana of Austria and a Young Girl, 1561-1562, oil on canvas.


5 days ago

#HeadsUp The Gardner Museum is closed today f...

#HeadsUp The Gardner Museum is closed today for Patriot’s Day! Since we are regularly closed on Tuesdays, please plan on visiting us this Wednesday when we re-open. See you soon!


6 days ago

#FunFact Rembrandt's Self Portrait, Age 23 wa...

#FunFact Rembrandt's Self Portrait, Age 23 was the first piece Isabella bought with the intention of developing a real museum collection. Image: Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self Portrait, Age 23, 1629, oil on oak panel.


6 days ago

Today, on #OneBostonDay, we offer the Gardner...

Today, on #OneBostonDay, we offer the Gardner Museum as a place for the Boston community to come and reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in response to the loss and tragedies of April 15, 2013. #BeBoston


Apr 14

Take us away to the bay! This dreamy watercol...

Take us away to the bay! This dreamy watercolor painting by Dodge Macknight is setting the mood for spring. What’s your favorite season? ☀️ Image: Dodge Macknight, The Bay, Belle Île, 1890, watercolor on paper.


Apr 14

Distinguished young cellist Edgar Moreau and ...

Distinguished young cellist Edgar Moreau and expressive pianist Jessica Osborne team up for a Young Artist Showcase in the Gardner’s Calderwood Hall. This duo won’t be one to miss; buy your tickets now! http://bit.ly/2Ho7WGs


Apr 14

Happy Birthday, Isabella! 🎉 Dodge Macknight w...

Happy Birthday, Isabella! 🎉 Dodge Macknight wrote to her: “Here's to the day… on which a most beautiful and brilliant star blazed forth for the first time—I shan't tell you the name, you must guess.Yours as ever, D M” Image: Ander Zorn, Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894, oil on canvas.


Apr 13

How does our conservation team maintain Isabe...

How does our conservation team maintain Isabella’s extensive art collection? Join us for our Collection Conservation Talk: Illuminating Angels, to learn more about the art and science of conservation. Read on: http://bit.ly/2Hl11Oy


Apr 13

We often hear that the Gardner Museum is reju...

We often hear that the Gardner Museum is rejuvenating, but nothing quite says relaxation like an aloe vera plant! You can find this succulent in your favorite cosmetics and lotions, or better yet see the real thing in our on-site Greenhouse. 💚


Apr 12

#TBT Made in satin and silk, these purple sli...

#TBT Made in satin and silk, these purple slippers were made by Chapelle, a Parisian maker of fine women's shoes. Isabella later gifted them to her goddaughter, Katharine Foote (the perfect name to be given a pair of shoes!) Object: Maison Chapelle Cordonnier, Pair of Purple Slippers, about 1900, satin, silk, grosgrain silk, and leather (lined with white kid and linen).


Apr 12

Happy Thursday! Treat yourself to a night at ...

Happy Thursday! Treat yourself to a night at the palace during today’s extended hours. We’re open until 9 tonight (and every Thursday!) so you can take in the splendor of the Museum as the sun begins to set. 🌇


Apr 12

Our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition ...

Our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition is a visual reminder of how we choose to cherish and display relics. Do you own anything you’d consider a relic? Let us know down in the comment section and leave a 👼 if you’ve already seen the exhibition!


Apr 11

We’re #StokedForSaturday thanks to our Open S...

We’re #StokedForSaturday thanks to our Open Studio: Objects of Power! Tap into your inner artist this Saturday and create artwork inspired by the exquisite beauty and resonance of our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition. Get hyped: http://bit.ly/2GJNgfc


Apr 11

A golden temple sits under a scarlet sky on t...

A golden temple sits under a scarlet sky on this hand-painted sake cup. On the front, Mt. Fuji looms in the distance. On the back, the red cup resembles the Japanese flag! 🇯🇵 Object: Tachibana Gyokuzan, Saké Cup: Mukojima and Mt. Fuki, mid 19th century, lacquered wood.


Apr 11

Make some noise for Renaissance master Fra An...

Make some noise for Renaissance master Fra Angelico! Created in glittering golds and dazzling tempera, these reliquaries are not only a feast for the eyes but also serve as a passageway into Christian myth. Learn more about this heavenly exhibit, Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


Apr 10

RSVP to M.U.S.I.C.! Our upcoming Third Thursd...

RSVP to M.U.S.I.C.! Our upcoming Third Thursday is chock-full of music performances including tap dancing in Calderwood and a DJ in the Courtyard. Be sure to visit us on April 19 to be a part of this lively event. http://bit.ly/2pPtVyG


Apr 10

#TransformationTuesday Keeping the Courtyard ...

#TransformationTuesday Keeping the Courtyard in tip top shape! Every Tuesday, our horticulture team brings in fresh plants (even as simple as grass) to keep the palace looking its best. 🌿


Apr 10

Join us on April 26 for RISE, a contemporary ...

Join us on April 26 for RISE, a contemporary show spotlighting pop, rock, and hip hop. Grammy Awards nominee, Gretchen Parlato, will be headlining this exciting event. Mark your calendars: http://bit.ly/2GIYxbG


Apr 09

Isabella had the main stairwells painted Bard...

Isabella had the main stairwells painted Bardini Blue, the iconic color favored by the Florentine gallery owner Stefano Bardini. Against this vivid backdrop, the painting “The Portrait of a Lady in Black” by Tintoretto greets visitors at the top of the stairs.


Apr 09

Tune in tonight at 7:30 as Chronicle on WCVB ...

Tune in tonight at 7:30 as Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 does a piece on inside gardens. Our own Stan Kozak and the Gardner's flowing nasturtiums will be making an appearance! http://bit.ly/2Jt3vuJ

    Monday, April 9: Bringing the Outside In
    Monday, April 9: Bringing the Outside In Nature can be stingy in New England - only showing off its full, flowering glory in limited doses. But if you look hard enough, you can find blooming beauty all year round. Nature can be stingy in New England - only showing off its full, flowering glory in limited doses.
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Apr 09

As an early birthday present to Isabella, the...

As an early birthday present to Isabella, the Vox Vocal Ensemble is performing today from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Courtyard and Hostetter Gallery for our Nasturtium Celebration! Join the party: http://bit.ly/2HlMAJP


Apr 09

Did you know members get in for free to ALL T...

Did you know members get in for free to ALL Third Thursdays? Now through May 17, get two free guest passes and savings on a year-long membership when you use Promo Code FUN2018! Join now: http://bit.ly/2qjPO8C


Apr 08

Willard T. Sears, architect of Fenway Court (...

Willard T. Sears, architect of Fenway Court (now the Gardner Museum), was also the architect for the @PilgrimMonument in Provincetown, MA.


Apr 07

Made of enameled gold, this music box key was...

Made of enameled gold, this music box key was gifted to Isabella by the organist, pianist, and choral conductor Benjamin Johnson Lang. He most likely gave it as a token of appreciation for her patronage. Object: Unknown, Music Box, about 1919, enameled gold.


Apr 07

End your week on the right note with our Sund...

End your week on the right note with our Sunday Concert Series featuring the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio! Join us April 15 for this inspiring event. Mark your calendar: http://bit.ly/2Ih65mg


Apr 06

The blossoms of abutilon, aka Flowering Maple...

The blossoms of abutilon, aka Flowering Maple, are the size and shape of child’s teacup. These delicate blooms aren’t real maples btw—their leaves resemble those on maple trees! 🍁


Apr 06

Hey, Colleges of the Fenway students! We’re h...

Hey, Colleges of the Fenway students! We’re having a De-Stress Day at the Gardner Museum today from 12 - 4 pm. Take a break from the stress of school to make some art, listen to music, and cuddle with therapy dogs! 🐶 And btw: admission is totally free! Read on: http://bit.ly/2Gl8JtM


Apr 05

Our lovely nasturtiums look even more radiant...

Our lovely nasturtiums look even more radiant as the sun starts to set! Every Thursday we’re open until 9 pm, so drop by tonight and see these beauties for yourself. 🌇


Apr 05

#TBT Isabella was a dedicated fan of Austrian...

#TBT Isabella was a dedicated fan of Austrian performer and soprana, Amalie Materna, and was especially captivated by Materna’s 1888 performance at Bayreuth. Isabella followed the singer afterwards to an all-night singing party at the composer’s home. #PartyLikeIts1888


Apr 05

We’ve had relics on the brain ever since the ...

We’ve had relics on the brain ever since the debut of our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition! Back in his day, relics were sacred remnants of saints like hair and bone. Today, our relics look a lot different but are treasured the same way. What are the relics of your life? Let us know with #WhatsYourRelic in the comments below!


Apr 05

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Apr 04

The drill work on this stylobate lion enhance...

The drill work on this stylobate lion enhances the lion’s ferocity as does the agonized position of the man pinned beneath its paws. But don’t think this man has gone down without a fight; look closely and you can see that he’s stabbed the lion right back! Object: Italian, Stylobate Lion, about 1200, carrara marble.


Apr 04

Happy #HumpDay! Have you made plans for Satur...

Happy #HumpDay! Have you made plans for Saturday yet? Consider joining us this weekend for our Saturday Open Studio: Objects of Power! 👑 Tap into your inner sculptor with a workshop that transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2pPFUfG


Apr 04

Behold the exquisite beauty of Fra Angelico’s...

Behold the exquisite beauty of Fra Angelico’s reliquaries in the Gardner Museum’s Heaven on Earth Exhibition. Visit us today to see the works that ushered in a visual arts revolution: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE


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