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Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Travels in India

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Traces of Decoration on a Chinese Mirror-Black Vase

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Henry Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works at Fenway Court

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Steve McQueen's Lynching Tree

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The Elusive White Fox by Okakura Kakuzō

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The Auspicious Arrival of the Jade: Herald of Good Fortune

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The Story Behind John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner

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Gustave Courbet’s Landscape Cleaned Up

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Marie Antoinette in the Gardner Museum

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From Paris to the Perkins School for the Blind: Isabella’s Purple Slippers

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Searching for Answers: Isabella’s Native American Basket

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Mesmerizing and Masterful Miniatures: History and Treatment of Snuff Bottles

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FROM ISABELLA’S MUSIC ROOM TO SYMPHONY HALL: COMPOSER MARGARET RUTHVEN LANG

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Technical Study of an 11th-12th Century Guanyin Sculpture

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Correspondence from Cochin the Cat

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Connecting Cultural Worlds: An Embroidery from India Celebrating Portugal’s Monarchy

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Visions of Agapanthus

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From A Little Spark May Burst A Flame: Ackroyd & Harvey’s ‘Script’

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Secrets of the Gardner Museum Collection’s Furniture

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Musician Roland Hayes’ 80th Birthday Celebration

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Botticelli’s Virgin and Child: Infrared and Ultraviolet Light Imaging

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Isabella and the Complexities of Mother’s Day

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“Spain Says It All:” Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Travel Albums

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Treasure Chest: Isabella’s Gilt Vitrine

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Deceptive Intimacy: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s 1883 Japan Travel Albums

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Leafing Through Isabella’s Travel Album: Spain and Portugal, Volume II, 1888

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Saint Christopher: World's Best Travel Companion

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Betye Saar & The Gardner Museum: A Long-Standing Relationship

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The Orchid Habit: Under the Spell of the Cymbidium

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Making Reproductions of Two Hanging Scroll Paintings at the Gardner Museum

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Mirrors with a Memory: The Gardner Family Daguerreotypes

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Francesco Pesellino’s Painting and Men’s Fashion in the Italian Renaissance

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Open House: How Isabella’s Home Exhibition Funded Trailblazing Cotting School

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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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  • Black and white photo of the Taj Mahal

    Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Travels in India

    During her 1884 trip through India, Isabella purchased photographs from commercial studios and pasted them into albums. Learn what these images tell us about her artistic tastes and her status as an American following in colonial footsteps.
  • Black Vase

    Traces of Decoration on a Chinese Mirror-Black Vase

    Some high and low tech methods reveal an exciting discovery.
  • Two photographs of the brick red floor tiles in the Gothic Room before and after a cleaning.

    Henry Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works at Fenway Court

    Henry C. Mercer’s distinct, Moravian tile work can be found throughout the Museum. Learn how his friendship with Isabella culminated in the famed craftsman providing custom flooring for many of the museum’s galleries.
  • Steve McQueen Lynching Tree stacked words logo/icon

    Steve McQueen's Lynching Tree

    Lee Pelton reflects on Steve McQueen's powerful work, Lynching Tree and its special presentation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 
  • A white fox drawn in watercolor sits in a forest next to a tree and blue flowers.

    The Elusive White Fox by Okakura Kakuzō

    Okakura Kakuzō dedicated his libretto, The White Fox, to Isabella shortly before his death. In the following years, many composers wanted to write the accompanying music for the operatic work, and it will finally make its US premiere, led by Hirai Hideaki, in the spring of 2024.
  • Green leaves of a jade plant with small pink, star-shaped flowers

    The Auspicious Arrival of the Jade: Herald of Good Fortune

    Follow the history of the flowering succulent that anchors the corners of Isabella’s Holiday Garden.
  • IMAGE: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

    The Story Behind John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner

    Learn about the creation of Isabella’s iconic portrait.
  •  An oil painting of a landscape with two women in the foreground looking out into the distance where there are hills and a cluster of small buildings.

    Gustave Courbet’s Landscape Cleaned Up

    Revealing the true beauty of a painting after almost 100 years can be easier than uncovering its history. Read about the Museum's landscape painting by French Realist Gustave Courbet revived through a recent cleaning and the corresponding provenance work.
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey (Nancy, 1767–1855, Paris), Miniature of Marie Antoinette, about 1786. Oil, 9 x 6 cm (3 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

    Marie Antoinette in the Gardner Museum

    Isabella’s interest in Marie Antoinette is particularly evident in the Little Salon and Long Gallery. Explore Marie Antoinette’s life and legacy and how it inspired Isabella’s collection.