Dig deeper into our collections with our most recent stories.
Relics of an Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte in the Gardner Museum
Isabella’s fascination with Napoleonic relics is well-documented throughout the Gardner Museum, particularly in the Short Gallery. Learn more about the artifacts in the collection before your next trip to the Museum.
John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Spain
Learn a bit about how Isabella Stewart Gardner and John Singer Sargent both loved and were inspired by their travel to Spain.
The Promise of the Chimney Bellflower
Meet Campanula pyramidalis: The Mediterranean meadow flower that flourishes under the shelter of the atrium.
Inside the French Authors Case: Alexandre Dumas
Take a closer look into the French Authors Case and learn about Alexandre Dumas, one of the most famous writers of the nineteenth century.
Isabella’s Spiritual Life Revealed
Learn about the spiritual life of Isabella Stewart Gardner from a member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, the local monastic community that she helped support.
How The Magic Flute Inspired Maurice Sendak and Isabella Stewart Gardner
Learn why Isabella Stewart Gardner and Maurice Sendak loved and were inspired by Mozart’s famed opera, The Magic Flute.
The Secrets Revealed by the Long Gallery Stools’ Conservation
Our conservators made exciting discoveries when they took on the task of analyzing and restoring a pair of stools in the Long Gallery. Read on to learn more.
Une Femme Bibliophile: Isabella’s Book of Hours by Bourdichon
Read about the amazing illuminated manuscript Isabella found on a trip to Venice and how it paved the way for her to become one of the greatest female art collectors in history.
The Story of Bus Park: How Isabella’s Children’s Books Fueled Nari Ward’s Imagination
Read about the overlooked book collection of Isabella’s that inspired a thought-provoking installation by world-renowned sculptor and artist Nari Ward.