Purchasing a Masterpiece: Titian’s Rape of Europa

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Trailblazer Blanche E. Colman

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Belle of the Opera: Gardner and Wagner

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Silk Walls: Bold, Colorful, and Meaningful

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Urban Gardening and Isabella’s Flower Day Prizes

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Forge Washington

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Cardinal Raffaele Sansoni Riario: Then and Now

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Family Resemblance: David Stewart

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Henry Davis Sleeper and a Glass Mosaic

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Rosa Bonheur: Painter and Pioneering Pants-Wearer

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Inside the Collection Blog

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  • The Rape of Europa painting

    Purchasing a Masterpiece: Titian’s Rape of Europa

    How did Isabella acquire one of her most prized paintings? Read on to discover how Titian’s masterpiece made its way from Kent, England to Boston.
  • Molding on a white wall with a red banner underneath.

    Trailblazer Blanche E. Colman

    Learn about Blanche E. Colman, the first woman interior decorator in Boston, and her surprising connection to Isabella.
  • A fan with a drawing on it.

    Belle of the Opera: Gardner and Wagner

    Learn about Isabella’s love for Wagner and discover the Museum’s hidden operatic treasures.
  • Red fabric with yellow flowers.

    Silk Walls: Bold, Colorful, and Meaningful

    Learn how textiles tell a story in each room of the Gardner Museum!
  • The Fenway Gardens

    Urban Gardening and Isabella’s Flower Day Prizes

    Learn about Isabella’s support of city gardening, and try your green hand at the annual Mayor’s Garden Contest this July!
  • An old paper with script

    Forge Washington

    Celebrate the 4th of July by discovering how a famous con artist forged George Washington’s signature.
  • The blue room.

    Cardinal Raffaele Sansoni Riario: Then and Now

    Who’s the teenager represented in the marble bust in the Long Gallery? Read on to find out!
  • A portrait of David Stewart.

    Family Resemblance: David Stewart

    Celebrate Father’s Day by learning about the life of David Stewart: the patriarch of the Stewart family who bears a striking resemblance to Isabella.
  • 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.