The Sole American Music: Spirituals During Isabella’s Time

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Hettie Anderson: Model for Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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From Tree Sap to Tea Jar: East Asian Lacquer

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Allan Rohan Crite and Fenway Court

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The Relics of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Inside the Collection Blog

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  • “Many Thousand Gone” in Henry Edward Krehbiel’s Afro-American Folk Songs

    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.
  • Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), Augustus Saint-Gaudens II, 1897

    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.
  • Cabinet in the Little Salon with objects Isabella collected on her travels to China and Japan

    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.
  • Painting of Frederick Douglass Squre by Allan Rohan Crite

    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.
  • Painting of Mary, Queen of Scots Under Confinement

    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.
  • Photo of the inauguration of President Grover Cleveland

    Inauguration Day 1885

    The inauguration of President Grover Cleveland gave Isabella the chance to indulge her dual loves of celebration and celebrity.
  • In a corner of the Dutch Room stands a cabinet filled with highlights of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s impressive silver collection.

    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!
  • A Theater in Mukden, Manchuria by Joseph Lindon Smith

    Joseph Lindon Smith’s Chinese Theater

    Chinese culture, theater, and friendship come together in a bright but unassuming work in the Blue Room.
  • The Brook at Medfield, 1889 by Dennis Miller Bunker

    American Impressionism and a Piano Trio

    Art and a young artist of the past inspire a modern American composer.