Henry Davis Sleeper and a Glass Mosaic

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Rosa Bonheur: Painter and Pioneering Pants-Wearer

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Anna Hyatt Huntington: World War I Memorial to the Sons of Gloucester

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Shabbat Candlesticks: Judaica in the Gothic Room

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Secrets of the Farnese Sarcophagus

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Isabella’s Folding Fan of Deception

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Inside the Collection Blog

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

  • Stained Glass with Reds, Blues and Browns

    Henry Davis Sleeper and a Glass Mosaic

    Celebrate Pride Month by taking a deep dive into the world of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. A long-time friend of Isabella’s, he was known for elaborate parties, costumed events, and ornate designs.
  • A painting of a goat

    Rosa Bonheur: Painter and Pioneering Pants-Wearer

    Ring in Pride Month by learning about the life of French painter Rosa Bonheur — a member of the LGBTQ+ community who pushed against traditional gender norms.
  • Anna Hyatt Huntington portrait

    Anna Hyatt Huntington: World War I Memorial to the Sons of Gloucester

    Honor Memorial Day this year by reading about Isabella’s connection to Gloucester’s World War I monument.
  • A golden candelabra

    Shabbat Candlesticks: Judaica in the Gothic Room

    Discover the treasures of the Gothic Room—one of the few pieces of Judaica in the collection.
  • Two people cleaning the intricate Farnese Sarcophagus

    Secrets of the Farnese Sarcophagus

    Discover what our conservation team learned about the Farnese Sarcophagus during a year-long study.
  • Knife in a Fan-Shaped Case

    Isabella’s Folding Fan of Deception

    Among the many objects of fascination in the Macknight Room, a place of personal significance to Isabella, is a fan tanto. Read on to learn more about this unexpected find.
  • Isabella Tod Stewart Painting

    The Original Isabella Stewart

    This Mother’s Day, learn about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s beloved grandmother, Isabella Tod Stewart.
  • The Annunciation painting

    Shen Wei and Piermatteo: Contemporary Inspiration from the Italian Renaissance

    A painting from the Italian Renaissance by Piermatteo d’Amelia influenced contemporary Chinese artist Shen Wei.
  • Hall with statues

    Restoring Bardini Blue in the Long Gallery

    If you’ve never heard of the color Bardini Blue, you’re not alone. The special hue adorns the Gardner’s Long Gallery and is a customized creation modified by Isabella. Read more about its rich history and restoration below.