The Relics of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Inauguration Day 1885

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Not Your Grandmother’s Silver Cabinet

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Joseph Lindon Smith’s Chinese Theater

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American Impressionism and a Piano Trio

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  • 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.
  •  Isabella Stewart Gardner's Travel Album: Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Poland, the Western United States, Florida, Mexico, and Cuba, 1867–1886, detail of page 23, showing the emblem of Mexico

    Isabella Stewart Gardner and Mexico

    Long before spring-breakers began flocking to Mexico for vacation, trend-setter Isabella traveled there—and collected Mexican painting and pottery for her museum.
  • French, Soisson Window with Scenes from the Lives of Saints Nicasius and Eutropia, about 1205, in the Chapel

    Preserving our Colorful History: The Soisson Window

    One of the Gardner’s largest and most fragile objects in the collection is the Soisson stained glass window. Read about the remarkable effort by conservators to preserve it.
  • Chinese, Song dynasty, Guanyin, 11th century–12th century, in the Chinese Loggia

    Listening, Learning, Meditating: Isabella’s Journey with Chinese Art

    Consulting Curator Nancy Berliner guest writes this post about Isabella’s passion for Chinese art.
  • Sarah Wyman Whitman painting of the Newport Canal, Shropshire in about 1878

    Sarah Wyman Whitman: Artist and Advocate

    Isabella chose Sarah Wyman Whitman, a female artist in the male-dominated Boston art world, to create the now iconic design for her Museum’s seal.