Short Gallery


In contrast to the grandeur of many of the other galleries on the second and third floors of the Museum, the Short Gallery provides an informal environment for viewing Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection of prints and old master drawings, as well as a selection of books, textiles, and family portraits. Drawings by Michelangelo and Bronzino vie for attention with works on paper by Gardner’s contemporaries like Henri Matisse and Anders Zorn. Visitors entering from the Raphael Room pass through a gilded Rococo doorway and enter a narrow gallery stretching to the right and left, with doorways to the Little Salon and the Tapestry Room located on the eastern and southern sides of the room. Like the galleries on the first floor of the Museum, the Short Gallery incorporates many items of a personal nature, as well as many works of art contemporary to her era.

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