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The Sole American Music: Spirituals During Isabella’s Time
The musical legacy of African American spirituals inspires a contemporary music group one hundred years after Isabella was introduced to the genre.
Hettie Anderson: Model for Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Black artist’s model Hettie Anderson posed for personifications of Fame, Liberty, and Victory. Meet the woman behind some of the great works of art of the Gilded Age.
From Tree Sap to Tea Jar: East Asian Lacquer
Visitors can find over 65 examples of East Asian lacquer in the Gardner Museum. Read on to learn about how lacquer is made and see some exquisite, and often overlooked treasures, in the collection.
Allan Rohan Crite and Fenway Court
Learn about Black Boston artist Allan Rohan Crite's lifetime of experiences at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, from childhood visits to delivering a distinguished lecture.
The Relics of Mary, Queen of Scots
From collecting relics belonging to her presumed ancestor, Mary, Queen of Scots, to dressing in ways inspired by her, Isabella was determined to assert a regal heritage that matched the grandeur of her Palace.
Inauguration Day 1885
The inauguration of President Grover Cleveland gave Isabella the chance to indulge her dual loves of celebration and celebrity.
Not Your Grandmother’s Silver Cabinet
In a corner of the Dutch Room stands a cabinet filled with highlights of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s impressive silver collection. The cabinet is stuffed with silver from England, Italy, Austria, France, China, India, Sweden, and more!
Joseph Lindon Smith’s Chinese Theater
Chinese culture, theater, and friendship come together in a bright but unassuming work in the Blue Room.
American Impressionism and a Piano Trio
Art and a young artist of the past inspire a modern American composer.