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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  • 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.
  • The Mediterranean meadow flower that flourishes under the shelter of the atrium.

    The Promise of the Chimney Bellflower

    Meet Campanula pyramidalis: The Mediterranean meadow flower that flourishes under the shelter of the atrium.
  • A wooden case with mirrored front panels with photographs and letters displayed on top underneath glass, and various small wooden figurines along the top edge.

    Inside the French Authors Case: Alexandre Dumas

    Take a closer look into the French Authors Case and learn about Alexandre Dumas, one of the most famous writers of the nineteenth century.
  • Spanish Chapel showing an altar and a painting of the Virgin and Child.

    Isabella’s Spiritual Life Revealed

    Learn about the spiritual life of Isabella Stewart Gardner from a member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, the local monastic community that she helped support.
  • Concert Programme, Green Hill, 10 May 1900, Ink on Japanese woodblock print

    How The Magic Flute Inspired Maurice Sendak and Isabella Stewart Gardner

    Learn why Isabella Stewart Gardner and Maurice Sendak loved and were inspired by Mozart’s famed opera, The Magic Flute.
  • Two Stools

    The Secrets Revealed by the Long Gallery Stools’ Conservation

    Our conservators made exciting discoveries when they took on the task of analyzing and restoring a pair of stools in the Long Gallery. Read on to learn more.
  • Book of Hours: John the Evangelist on Patmos

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

    Read about the amazing illuminated manuscript Isabella found on a trip to Venice and how it paved the way for her to become one of the greatest female art collectors in history.
  • Nari Ward Bus Park Drawing

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

    Read about the overlooked book collection of Isabella’s that inspired a thought-provoking installation by world-renowned sculptor and artist Nari Ward.