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The Larger Conversation

How do we think about Lucretia?

Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm
Calderwood Hall

Mary Beard, one of Britain's best-known Classicists, inaugurates the Gardner's new series, The Larger Conversation, which connects the Museum's collections and exhibitions to important social issues of our time. Focusing on Botticelli's Story of Lucretia, a work from the Museum's collection and a spotlight of our special exhibition, the lecture will cover the reception of Lucretia's disturbing story, from ancient Roman times to our own.


Mary BeardProfessor of Classics, Newnham College, Cambridge, author of the best-sellers Women & Power and SPQR.

How to Buy Tickets

The Museum is not open for regular visiting hours on Tuesdays. For this special event, the Palace will not be open to the public. However, the New Wing and the Botticelli exhibition in the Hostetter Gallery will be open for event ticket holders. The doors will open to 6 pm to ticket holders. 

Adults $20, seniors $15, students and members $10.

  • Online, by clicking the TICKETS button above*
  • By calling the box office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*
  • In person: Visit the Museum and purchase at the door, Wednesday-Monday, 11 am-4:30 pm

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Photo at top: Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444 or 1445-1510), The Story of Lucretia (detail), 1499-1500. Tempera and oil on panel, 83.8 x 176.8 cm (33 x 69 5/8 in.) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (P16e20)  

Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is supported in part by The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Media Sponsor: The Boston Globe

The special exhibition preview and reception for Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is generously sponsored by Bank of America.