From Venice to the Fenway: Architectural Elements in the Courtyard

Read more

One Hundred Years of Nasturtiums: Arthur Pope and James Prosek

Read more

From Russia with Love: A Gift of Easter Eggs

Read more

Isabella and the Pope

Read more

Keeping up with the Cobwebs

Read more

Esther: A Biblical Heroine

Read more
previous
next

Inside the Collection Blog

See below to view our most recent stories that dig deeper into our collections. 

  • A blue and pink bowl with three legs

    Three Chinese Islamic Altar Vessels

    While traveling throughout Asia, Isabella acquired three porcelain vessels covered with vine patterns and stylized scriptures. Read how these Chinese artifacts detail Arabic phrases from the central religious text of Islam and give us a greater global perspective.
  • From Venice to the Fenway: Architectural Elements in the Courtyard

    Ever wonder about the architecture of the Gardner Museum’s Courtyard? Read on to find out how Isabella used windows, balconies, and arches salvaged from grand Venetian palazzos to create her own unique vision.
  • A drawing of Nasturtiums in the Isabella Stewart Gardner courtyard.

    One Hundred Years of Nasturtiums: Arthur Pope and James Prosek

    At the Gardner, cascades of blooming vines appear each spring and inspire artists like Arthur Pope and James Prosek. Learn more about these colorful flowers and how their 100-year history is still a celebrated annual tradition.
  • A blue egg shaped pendant

    From Russia with Love: A Gift of Easter Eggs

    An intercontinental friendship between Isabella and a Russian diplomat led to an exchange of exquisite egg-shaped pendants. Read how this unlikely bond yielded a symbolic treasure.
  • Missal of Pope Clement VII

    Isabella and the Pope

    Learn about one of Isabella’s illuminated papal manuscripts and her audience with a pope.
  • Employees cleaning a fountain in the Gardner Museum

    Keeping up with the Cobwebs

    Think dusting your home is a challenge? Imagine the effort that goes into keeping the Gardner Museum clean!
  • The Esther Fainting Before Ahasuerus tapestry

    Esther: A Biblical Heroine

    Esther is one of a handful of female biblical heroes and someone who defied social norms for the greater good, qualities Gardner may have felt drawn to when building her collection.
  • Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860–1920), Mrs. Potter Palmer, 1896. Etching

    Bertha Honoré Palmer, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Anders Zorn

    Artist Anders Zorn dubbed Isabella’s friend and occasional rival Bertha Palmer the “Empress of Chicago.” Learn more about their shared friendship and love of the arts.
  • “Many Thousand Gone” in Henry Edward Krehbiel’s Afro-American Folk Songs

    The Sole American Music: Spirituals During Isabella’s Time

    The musical legacy of African American spirituals inspires a contemporary music group one hundred years after Isabella was introduced to the genre.