Isabella in China

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Thomas Eugene McKeller, John Singer Sargent, and Isabella Stewart Gardner

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Who's Laughing in the Gothic Room?

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Caned Chairs and Their Conservation

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Inside the Collection Blog

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

  •  Kinai Nanadai (Japanese, active Echizen, 19th century), Sword and Scabbard, early 19th century

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Takes to Jiu Jitsu

    Among the many interesting objects in Isabella’s collection is a Japanese katana that held personal—and artistic—significance.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner (American, 1840–1924), Travel Album: China, 1883, page 3

    Isabella in China

    Isabella Stewart Gardner extensively documented her many globe-faring journeys, including her trip to China from 1883-84, which we map out in this post.
  • Thomas McKeller in John Singer Sargent’s Study for Chiron and Achilles for the Rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1916–1921

    Thomas Eugene McKeller, John Singer Sargent, and Isabella Stewart Gardner

    Read about the chance encounter between Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent that changed art history—and their lives—forever.
  • Who's Laughing in the Gothic Room?

    A special Sargent portrait was completed in the Gothic Room, capturing a happy moment between mother and daughter. But who are these women?
  • Italian, Parma, Caned Furniture, 2nd half of the 18th century in the Yellow Room Photo: Sean Dungan

    Caned Chairs and Their Conservation

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy this Conservation journey to repair some caned chairs!
  • The Dutch Room, photo by Sean Dungan

    A Mysterious Sitter Prepares for an Overseas Journey

    Our Conservation Department takes a closer look at a small portrait in the Dutch Room.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner, Guest Book, Volume III, 31 May 1897, pp. 98-99.

    Commemorating Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment

    Isabella attended the unveiling of the Civil War Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in 1897, continuing her patronage of its sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
  • Joseph Lindon Smith (American, 1863-1950), Uniform Design for Teobaldo Travi, 1901-1903

    Bolgi: The First Caretaker and Protector of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Before the Museum ever opened, it had a protector: Teobaldo “Bolgi” Travi. Learn more about Isabella’s chosen majordomo.
  • All Ready in the Raphael Room

    Spanish Music, South Korean Choreographers, and the Museum Archives

    Isabella’s collection continues to inspire artists today—including our 2019 Choreographers-in-Residence All Ready!