The Spirit of Violets

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Notes on a Treacherous Becoming

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A Saint’s Many Faces: The Altar of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion

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The Vinegar Tasters

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“Listen And You Shall Hear”: The Gardner Museum Autograph of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”

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Dodge Macknight: Boston’s Watercolor Painter

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Laser Cleaning: William Morris Hunt’s The Horses of Anahita

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Did They or Didn't They? F. Marion Crawford and Isabella Stewart Gardner

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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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  • Pots of purple pansies

    The Spirit of Violets

    Explore the hidden meanings and queer symbolism of the violet, the original valentine.
  •  A black and white photograph of a seated nude Black man with five serpent like heads.

    Notes on a Treacherous Becoming

    Artist-in-Residence Hakeem Adewumi contemplates the identity of mythological monsters often banished from society. Read on to learn more about his artwork, The Making of the Hydra, and the dream of regeneration in the wake of violence for our LGBTQ+ ancestors.
  • A multi-colored wood sculpture in a rectangular red frame with a group of people in military armor surrounding one horse-mounted figure in military armor holding a flag on a pole.

    A Saint’s Many Faces: The Altar of Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion

    Modern researchers face challenges when objects are removed from their original settings. Read on to learn more about the work that went into identifying St. Maurice.
  • wo wizened men furrow their brows and pucker their lips as they hover over a large earthenware pot. Their outstretched fingers indicate the source of their dismayed expressions lies in the liquid contents of the pot they have just sampled. To the left, a third puckering old man carries a spoon and forms a Daoist hand sign (shoujue 手訣) as he walks towards his companions. A large, gnarled pine tree with coiling ivy frames the scene while blossoming white peonies screen the background.

    The Vinegar Tasters

    A Japanese screen tells the story of a vinegar tasting among three famous teachers.
  • Handwritten text of Paul Revere's Ride

    “Listen And You Shall Hear”: The Gardner Museum Autograph of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”

    This Patriot's Day, learn about how Isabella's manuscript of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem "Paul Revere's Ride" sheds light on the celebrated poet’s writing process.
  • Beach Seascape Watercolor

    Dodge Macknight: Boston’s Watercolor Painter

    In her Museum, Isabella only dedicated one gallery to a contemporary artist—Dodge Macknight. Read on to learn about one of Boston’s most popular, but now mostly forgotten, artists.
  • Plaster cast picture of three horses and a man in a frame.

    Laser Cleaning: William Morris Hunt’s The Horses of Anahita

    Figuring out how to clean the Gardner Museum’s plaster cast of William Morris Hunt’s most well-known work was a unique challenge for our conservation staff. Read on to learn about the high-tech solution!
  • A black and white photograph of two hands clasped.

    Did They or Didn't They? F. Marion Crawford and Isabella Stewart Gardner

    Was it just a friendship or a May-December romance? 
  • 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.