See below to view our most recent stories that dig deeper into our collections.
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.
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: 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.
Shabbat Candlesticks: Judaica in the Gothic Room
Discover the treasures of the Gothic Room—one of the few pieces of Judaica in the collection.
Secrets of the Farnese Sarcophagus
Discover what our conservation team learned about the Farnese Sarcophagus during a year-long study.
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.
The Original Isabella Stewart
This Mother’s Day, learn about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s beloved grandmother, Isabella Tod Stewart.
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.
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.