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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  • 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.
  •  XRF analysis is a tool used by conservators, including at ISGM, to non-destructively examine the materials used in historic art, providing a valuable glimpse into the pigments and techniques employed by artists.

    Revealing the Layers of European Painted Wood Sculptures Using XRF Technology

    XRF analysis is a tool used by conservators, including at ISGM, to non-destructively examine the materials used in historic art, providing a valuable glimpse into the pigments and techniques employed by artists.
  • A photograph of a hardcover version of The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, showing a human figure sitting at table surrounded by a variety of animals.

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

    With our two summer exhibitions featuring the work of famed children's book authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak and Oliver Jeffers, learn more about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection of children’s books.
  • Front view of a square flag from Napoleon’s Imperial Guard embroidered in gold thread on blue, white, and red silk cloth, edged with gold fringe.

    Relics of an Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte in the Gardner Museum

    Isabella’s fascination with Napoleonic relics is well-documented throughout the Gardner Museum, particularly in the Short Gallery. Learn more about the artifacts in the collection before your next trip to the Museum.
  • John Singer Sargent, Travel Agent

    John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Spain

    Learn a bit about how Isabella Stewart Gardner and John Singer Sargent both loved and were inspired by their travel to Spain.