Isabella’s Lace

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Forever is a Long Time

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The New Wing a Decade Later

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Ovid, Titian, and the Depiction of Violence Against Women

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John “Jack” Gardner, Jr.; A Collector in His Own Right

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A Choir Book Comes to Life

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The Mythical, Powerful Vittoria Colonna

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The Shimmering Quality of the Rape of Europa

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The Rape of Europa by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

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Isabella and the American Field Service During World War I

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Inside the Collection Blog

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

  • A white lace cloth

    Isabella’s Lace

    Gardner’s lace collection is distinguished by sheer volume, variety, and provenance, delighting textile lovers during her lifetime and today.
  • A gloved hand cleans a gold frame.

    Forever is a Long Time

    What does it take to preserve works of art for generations of enjoyment and education? Learn more about art conservation at the Gardner, the renowned pioneer of modern conservation, George Stout, and a recent restoration project of the frame for Titian’s Rape of Europa.
  • An external photo of the Gardner Museum.

    The New Wing a Decade Later

    Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the New Wing! Read on to discover the decisions, strategy, and history of the museum’s beautiful addition.
  • A doorway entering into a sitting room with white chairs and ornate tapestries on the walls.

    Doorways: A Musical Exploration of Time, Movement, and Perspective

    Inspired by the museum’s portals and passageways, Neighborhood Luminary and Berklee College of Music Associate Professor Kevin Harris explores the idea of how time and movement create perspective through musical compositions.
  • Rape of Europa by Titian on a Bronze piece by Paul Manship.

    Paul Manship’s Christmas Gift

    Titian’s masterpiece The Rape of Europa is not the only artwork depicting Europa’s story in Isabella’s collection! Read on to discover the story of Paul Manship’s gift to Isabella.
  • Danaë by Titian.

    Ovid, Titian, and the Depiction of Violence Against Women

    How do we take a nuanced approach to the sexual violence so prevalent in the great works of poets and artists like Ovid and Titian? Classicist Mary Beard examines the contradictions of male violence and feminism present in both men’s works.
  • An oil painting of John Lowell Gardner, Jr.

    John “Jack” Gardner, Jr.; A Collector in His Own Right

    Who was Jack Gardner, Isabella’s husband and avid art collector in his own right? Learn more about Jack’s own art collecting efforts and how he helped Isabella establish her namesake museum.
  • A colorful page from a centuries old choir book.

    A Choir Book Comes to Life

    Learn about the storied history of the Gothic Room’s choir book, then listen as it’s brought to life.
  • A sketch of a woman with her hands up and a lifeless Jesus beneath her.

    The Mythical, Powerful Vittoria Colonna

    Who was Vittoria Colonna, groundbreaking poet and Titian patron? Discover the story of the poet and her influence on the artists of her time.