16 hours ago
Take a moonlit stroll around the Courtyard and witness the Gardner Museum sparkling under the stars! We’re open until 9 pm every Thursday. 💫
20 hours ago
#ThrowbackThursday A huge fan of opera, Isabella treasured this autographed platinum print of Japanese opera singer Tamaki Miura, who performed as Cio-Cio-san in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Image: Victor George, Tamaki Miura, 1915, platinum print.
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Today’s the day! Join us for the opening of our incredible exhibition, Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth.✨ Reunited at last, Fra Angelico’s four jewel-like reliquaries tell the story of the Virgin Mary’s life. Read on: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE Painting: Fra Angelico, The Dormition of the Virgin (detail), 1431-1435, on panel. Museo di San Marco, Florence – Polo Museale della Toscana.
38 hours ago
Branching off her head like butterfly antennae, Isabella crowned herself with two diamonds the size of walnuts for the Copley Hall dance in 1886. 💎 #ShineBrightLikeADiamond
40 hours ago
Our Pajama Breakfast Party last night at the #AllBrightCommunityCenter was a hit! These little cutie pies enjoyed clementines and cereal while watching the animated movie Sing. What's your favorite movie to watch in your PJs?
40 hours ago
Visit the Gardner Museum for Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth, starting February 22. ✨ This exhibition highlights the stunning color, detail, and depth of Fra Angelico’s masterpieces. Why wait, see it now: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE
44 hours ago
Last chance! This Saturday, Feb. 24, is the last Saturday Open Studio featuring visiting artist Stephen Hamilton’s iconography-inspired workshop. Bring a friend or the family to create a portrait inspired by his work. Mark your calendar: http://bit.ly/2sFwK9x
46 hours ago
Connect with the Gardner Museum’s rich collection and special exhibitions through fun, hands-on art-making experiences each week. Get messy during Saturday Open Studios, free with admission: http://bit.ly/2sBp48c
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2 days ago
#TransformationTuesday Getting ready for our Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition! Three of the show’s masterpieces have come all the way from the Museo di San Marco, Florence to be reunited with the Gardner’s Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin. #FamilyReunion 🇮🇹
3 days ago
We’re thrilled to kickoff our February Vacation Week with activities, music, and performances throughout the Museum. Enjoy live music in the Courtyard, jazz, step, and fashion in Calderwood Hall, artmaking in the Studio, and much, much more! Learn more or get tickets: http://bit.ly/2EO0mpZ
4 days ago
Joseph Lindon Smith was an artist and close friend of Gardner’s. His fanciful design for her museum’s majordomo reflects their shared love of theatre and costuming. Work: Joseph Lindon Smith, Uniform Design for Theobaldo Travi, 1901-1903, graphite, ink and watercolor on paper.
4 days ago
Happy birthday, Anders Zorn! The painter became a close friend of Isabella after the two met at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where Zorn was exhibiting The Omnibus. After learning that the man she was speaking with about the work was in fact the artist Isabella reportedly said, “I feel that either we will soon become enemies, or also forever, very, very good friends. Come to tea with me this afternoon.” #AndersZorn #OnThisDay Painting: Anders Zorn, The Omnibus (detail), 1892, oil on canvas.
4 days ago
We are open tomorrow, February 19, for Presidents’ Day. Join us for the holiday and for our family-friendly February Vacation Week Kickoff! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2EO0mpZ
5 days ago
Made for the tourist trade, this tray seems to have been bought by Isabella Gardner at a hotel in Varanasi, India. The building depicted on the tray recalls local monuments, which have onion-shaped domes, domed kiosks (chhatris), and arched entrances. The Bara Imambara in nearby Lucknow, a complex of structures built around 1784, with many gateways, courtyards, and monumental facades, may have been the source of the motif. Object: Unknown artist, Tray, about 1880, brass, tin, and lac.
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On March 1, Cecilia Frosinini, Vice-Director of the Opificio Delle Pietre Dure in Florence, will discuss tradition, innovation, and restorative work completed on Fra Angelico’s San Marco altarpiece, revealing new insights into the friar-painter’s unorthodox workshop organization and remarkable technical accomplishments. Tickets available now: http://bit.ly/2Ezj8kK
6 days ago
Chilly weather outdoors means tropical flora indoors at the Gardner. Bright orchids grace the Courtyard during the winter months, making a visit to the Gardner feel like the arrival of spring!
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Get in tune with your senses with the Gardner Museum’s Silent Tour. 🤫 Explore new ways of being present in the Museum's spaces and with others. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2spzBmB
One of his final masterpieces, The Tragedy of Lucretia is a stunning example of Botticelli’s power of expression and compositional genius. Rendered in oils and tempera, this painting is a hallmark to the height of Florence’s golden age of the fifteenth century. Painting: Sandro Botticelli, The Tragedy of Lucretia, 1499-1500, tempera and oil on panel.
Did you know that free, hands-on art activities happen each week at the Gardner? Connect with the Gardner Museum’s rich collection and special exhibitions through fun art-making experiences during Saturday drop-in workshops. http://bit.ly/2sBp48c
#ThrowbackThursday Japanese poet, Okakura, handwrote the poem “Stairway of Jade” on October 1, 1905 during his stay in the Macknight Room. Gardner placed the poem in display case dedicated to Okakura in the Blue Room with a hand-written label.
Do philodendrons dream of electronic suites? Join us tonight for Third Thursdays: Garden Party as DJ Skooby Laposky translates the Courtyard’s bioactivity into synthesized melodies and harmonies. Enjoy a drink with friends, explore the galleries, or get messy with a hands-on horticulture project. Learn More: http://bit.ly/2nmCGim
Our stunning Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition opens February 22.✨ Explore the renowned Renaissance painter's talent for storytelling, his breathtaking use of color, and his master craftsmanship: http://bit.ly/2sfXnBE
Wishing all of our followers and community members lots of love, appreciation, and chocolate today! <3
While our Open Studio runs every week, artist Stephen Hamilton’s work will only be around for two more Saturdays! 😱 Stop in February 17 to view Hamilton’s African deity-inspired work and create a portrait. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2spw8ob
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Gardner Museum! ❤️ Take your date (or just yourself) out for a romantic stroll around the Courtyard and stop into Café G for a bite to eat. Wishing you all a lovely day. 💕 Painting: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Love’s Greeting, about 1861, oil on panel.
Mark your calendars for May 19!