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#TBT John Singer Sargent created several sketches in preparation for his masterpiece, El Jaleo, and included them all in an album assembled for Isabella. These fast, fluid, and intuitive drawings suggest his excitement for live dance performances. Image: John Singer Sargent, Twenty-One Studies for El Jaleo, 1879-1882, charcoal and pencil on paper.
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Ruckus Dance’s “Baby’s First Show” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. General admission tickets are $20.
Annual Harvard Powwow from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Lesley University’s Brattle Lawn, 99 Brattle St., West Cambridge near Harvard Square. Free.
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Join us on April 30 for a reading and book signing with Ramie Targoff, author of Renaissance Women! Her book celebrates Vittoria Colonna, whose poetry launched a revolution for Italian women’s writing. Register now: http://bit.ly/2vzAriy
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Relics, during the Renaissance, were objects of high spiritual, religious, or sentimental value. We’re curious: of all the things that make up your day, what are your relics? If you lived during the Renaissance, you’d say the fragments of saints displayed in Fra Angelico’s reliquaries. But today, in the 21st century, your answer could be anything from sea shells to rings! Tell us about your relics down below with #WhatsYourRelic and be sure to visit our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition!
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Titled “The Shower of Gold,” this painting by Howard Gardiner Cushing reminds us of the golden reliquaries in our Fra Angelico exhibition.💛 #FunFact: The subject is Cushing’s wife, whom he painted several times over the course of their marriage. Image: Howard Gardiner Cushing, The Shower of Gold, 1908, oil on canvas.
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Only one month left to experience our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition! Explore Fra Angelico’s groundbreaking narrative art that transformed the history of western art. Enjoy today: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE
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Make your weekend extra special by joining us this Saturday for our Open Studio: Objects of Power! Drop in from 11 am - 4:30 pm for an afternoon of art-making. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Hc9WEV
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#TransformationTuesday The spectacular reproductions of the Raphael Room’s fireplace hangings are now on display! 🎉 Major shoutout to Tess Fredette and Elsbeth Dijxhoorn in our conservation department (as well as their talented team!) for pulling off off the most challenging textile reproduction ever attempted in the Museum. Be sure to check out these fabulous furnishing on your next visit!
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Coming soon! Versatile young violinist Robyn Bollinger, a member of the Gardner’s resident chamber orchestra A Far Cry, will perform a daring solo concert on May 3. Pick up your tickets: http://bit.ly/2HMrwfS
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The magnificent Gothic stained-glass window from the cathedral of Soissons in France is the centerpiece for the Chapel, and bathes the Long Gallery in colorful, dappled light. Shining beneath it is a consecrated altar used by Isabella–a devout Anglo-Catholic–for the celebration of Mass.
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Only a few days away! Join us on April 26 for RISE, featuring Grammy nominee Gretchen Parlato. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night in Calderwood Hall. Skip the line and buy tickets now: http://bit.ly/2GIYxbG
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#DidYouKnow In addition to the interior spaces, Isabella also designed two of the original gardens at the Museum, the Monk’s Garden and South Garden! 🌱
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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.
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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?
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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
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
#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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
#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!
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
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.
#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!
#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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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. 💚
The Out of the Darkness Walk starts at the BU Beach, behind Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave., at 11 am. Registration begins at 10 am. You can preregister here.
The Timmy Global Health at BU 3rd Annual Benefit Gala is Saturday, April 14, from 6 to 8:30 pm in the GSU Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Ave. Purchase tickets here and ($12.50 for BU students if bought ahead), $15 at the door.
The Allegrettos Spring Showcase is Saturday, April 14, from 7:30 to 9 pm, at the College of Arts and Sciences, Room B12, 725 Commonwealth Ave. Purchase tickets ($5.50) here.This article has 6 other Boston locations (Show)
The Science Carnival and Robot Zoo is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 4 pm, at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Field House and Cambridge Public Library, Broadway and Ellery Street, Cambridge. Find more information here.
Boston Unscripted Musical Project is at 9 pm on Friday, April 13, at the Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville; tickets run from $10 to $20. Find ticket information here.
The opening receptions for the 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions are on Friday, April 13, at the 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave., and the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. from 6 to 8 pm.
The Questrom Student Government’s Casino Night 2018 is Friday, April 13, from 9 to 11 pm. Boarding begins at 8:30 pm at 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. Admission is $12. The event is open to all BU students. Take a Blue Line train to Aquarium.
The Hub on the Run free tour is Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Runners will gather at the Boston Marathon Adidas RunBase, 855 Boylston St., Boston. Register here.
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass is Sunday, April 15, at Symphony Hall Boston, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, at 7 pm. Purchase tickets, $45 to $65, here.
#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).
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. 🌇
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!
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
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.
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
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
#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. 🌿
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
The annual Creative Writing Program Faculty Reading is tonight, Tuesday, April 10, at the Florence & Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Rd., second floor, at 7 pm; free and open to the public.
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.