The Misattributed Ballerina: Louis Kronberg or Edgar Degas?

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In the Soldier’s Service: Mary Dexter, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Caring for the Soldiers of WWI

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Isabella’s Reliquary of Friendship: Her Bond with Okakura Kakuzō

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Isabella Stewart Gardner and Simone Martini

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The Medusa Mosaic in the Courtyard

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Isabella’s Delightful Stone Fruit Baskets

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Isabella Stewart Gardner, the American West, and Central America

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Lady Augusta Gregory: One of Isabella’s Pen Pals

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The History of Labor Day and the Laborers Who Built the Gardner Museum

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Revealing the Layers of European Painted Wood Sculptures Using XRF Technology

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Isabella’s Children's Books: From the Babes in the Wood to Doctor Dolittle

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Relics of an Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte in the Gardner Museum

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John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Spain

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The Promise of the Chimney Bellflower

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Inside the French Authors Case: Alexandre Dumas

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Isabella’s Spiritual Life Revealed

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How The Magic Flute Inspired Maurice Sendak and Isabella Stewart Gardner

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The Secrets Revealed by the Long Gallery Stools’ Conservation

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Une Femme Bibliophile: Isabella’s Book of Hours by Bourdichon

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The Story of Bus Park: How Isabella’s Children’s Books Fueled Nari Ward’s Imagination

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Isabella’s Bookworm Friendship with Vernon Lee

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Isabella's Desk of Curiosities in the Macknight Room

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Restoring A Portrait by Andreas Martin Andersen

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The Overlooked Female Photographer, Clover Adams

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Isabella and Okakura Kakuzō’s Impactful Friendship

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A Rare and Unique Turkish Tile

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Isabella Stewart Gardner and Her Horses

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The Story Behind Isabella’s Venetian Campanile Cup

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Remembering Isabella: Her Yearly Memorial Service

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Conserving the Works on Paper of the Short Gallery

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The Elevation of the Nasturtium: From Plate To Palace Garden

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Ethel Smyth: Composer and Activist

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The Five Frames Left Behind

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Women on Display: Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts

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The Story Behind Porsha Olayiwola’s Poetry

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Beger Sølv- The Gardner’s Hanseatic Beaker

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Visiting Fenway Court in the Days of Isabella

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Those Who Come Before Us Help Make Us Who We Are

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Francesco Torbido and the Diversity of 16th century Venice

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Isabella’s Lace

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Forever is a Long Time

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The New Wing a Decade Later

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Ovid, Titian, and the Depiction of Violence Against Women

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  • Painting of a ballerina lacing up her point shoes.

    The Misattributed Ballerina: Louis Kronberg or Edgar Degas?

    From the perspective of one of the Museum’s guards, learn about a common mistake made about one of our pastels in the Yellow Room.
  • Photograph of two men and two women in an exterior

    In the Soldier’s Service: Mary Dexter, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Caring for the Soldiers of WWI

    Read about Isabella Stewart Gardner and her dear friend Mary Dexter’s impacts on the World War I war effort from near and far.
  • Small carved wooden pagoda with a round base and pointed at the top, constructed by Nirro Chunosuke.

    Isabella’s Reliquary of Friendship: Her Bond with Okakura Kakuzō

    While Isabella’s miniature pagoda may not be the most obviously striking piece in the collection, it holds incredible significance as both a relic of history, and as a symbol of the bond between two close friends.
  • Five panels with pointed tops containing paintings of religious figures on gold background, created by Simone Martini.

    Isabella Stewart Gardner and Simone Martini

    A letter from Bernard Berenson afforded Isabella the opportunity to obtain a spectacular polyptych by Italian artist Simone Martini, one of the Museums’ centerpieces since its opening. Learn more about the story of her acquisition!
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums’s Courtyard, featuring the mosaic floor with Medusa in the center of the frame

    The Medusa Mosaic in the Courtyard

    The Courtyard’s mosaic floor features Medusa, a creature of Greek mythology whose gaze will turn you into stone. Learn why her monstrous image was used at wealthy Roman homes and baths.
  • A black and white historic photograph  of the Courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum showing sculptures, plants and the stone fruit baskets

    Isabella’s Delightful Stone Fruit Baskets

    From Green Hill Estate to the Gardner Museum, Isabella’s stone fruit baskets added a playful note to her garden designs. Learn more about these often overlooked staples of the Courtyard!
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    Isabella Stewart Gardner, the American West, and Central America

    Read about Isabella's interest in the art and culture from some of the Spanish-speaking regions outside of Spain.
  • A black and white woodcut print of a hunter and a dog with the text The Irish Players from the Abbey Theatre.

    Lady Augusta Gregory: One of Isabella’s Pen Pals

    Letters from Isabella’s friends offer us one of the only insights into her personal life, revealing how she was a faithful correspondent to many.
  • A black and white photograph of the Gardner Museum construction site with three men bent over picking up a stone sculpture of a lion.

    The History of Labor Day and the Laborers Who Built the Gardner Museum

    Find out about the history of Labor Day and the effect of American workers’ movements during the Museum’s construction.