Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston houses one of the wor
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This winter, give your loved ones the gift of unlimited beauty: a Gardner Museum Membership! Now through December 31, ge...
11/24/2023

This winter, give your loved ones the gift of unlimited beauty: a Gardner Museum Membership! Now through December 31, get $10 off select memberships.

Visit the link below with code HOLIDAY23 to purchase.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/join-give/membership

The Museum is closed today. Instead, we raise a glass to another year that brought art enthusiasts from near and far. We...
11/23/2023

The Museum is closed today. Instead, we raise a glass to another year that brought art enthusiasts from near and far. We are thankful for the opportunity to share our love of culture and history with the city of Boston and beyond, just as Isabella did. Wishing you another season of bountiful harvest—Happy Thanksgiving!

📸: James Notman (Scottish, 1849-1932), Reception at Isabella and Jack Gardner's Home, 1891. Gelatin silver print. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston



Isabella purchased this pair of fashionable Parisian satin slippers in 1900. Shoes not only have the ability to complete...
11/22/2023

Isabella purchased this pair of fashionable Parisian satin slippers in 1900. Shoes not only have the ability to complete an outfit but also express the personality of the person within. We want to see how you choose to express your sense of fashion on your feet! Tag us in a picture of your shoes for a chance to be featured. 👡👞👠

Chapelle, Cordonnier (established Paris, 1815), Pair of Purple Slippers, about 1900. Satin, silk, and leather. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Enamored by Sargent's portraits of Isabella in Inventing Isabella? Explore Fashioned by Sargent at the ! Gardner visitor...
11/21/2023

Enamored by Sargent's portraits of Isabella in Inventing Isabella? Explore Fashioned by Sargent at the ! Gardner visitors now get $5 off a timed-entry ticket to this special MFA exhibition. Don't miss out on this offer—it ends January 14.

https://tnew.gardnermuseum.org/events

Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856 - 1925), A Spanish Madonna, about 1876. Oil on panel. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

On Sunday, November 26, 2023, join us for Museum Store Sunday, an annual holiday shopping day supporting cultural instit...
11/20/2023

On Sunday, November 26, 2023, join us for Museum Store Sunday, an annual holiday shopping day supporting cultural institutions and their stores across the globe. When you shop with us, you are supporting the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the artisans who create many of the gifts found in our store.

This year, we will be having a very special sale on our bespoke handmade line of ornaments, including our exclusive collection of Isabella and friends! Stay tuned for more details.



Inventing Isabella is live at the Gardner! Discover how Isabella crafted her public image through oil paintings, informa...
11/17/2023

Inventing Isabella is live at the Gardner! Discover how Isabella crafted her public image through oil paintings, informal drawings, and photographs, as well as the clothing and jewelry she chose to preserve. While you're visiting our Contemporary exhibitions, take a selfie of your style for the chance to be featured in a post!

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/inventing-isabella

Image: The exhibition “Inventing Isabella” in Hostetter Gallery, 19 October 2023–15 January 2024. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s interest in the tragic story of Marie Antoinette, influenced her personal style and art colle...
11/16/2023

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s interest in the tragic story of Marie Antoinette, influenced her personal style and art collection. Her opera coat, designed by the House of Worth, resembles a redingote—a hunting jacket similar to one worn by Marie Antoinette. Isabella also collected several portraits of the last queen of France, including a miniature which she displayed in the Little Salon. Learn more at the blog: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/blog/marie-antoinette-gardner-museum

Image 1: Charles Frederick Worth (British, 1825–1895) for House of Worth, Coat, late 1880s–1890s. Silk velvet with embroidery and beading. Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1923
Image 2: Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, 1767–1855), Miniature of Marie Antoinette, about 1786. Oil. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Image 3: Little Salon, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Photo: Sean Dungan

Fill your day with stunning art throughout the Fenway area! Gardner visitors can now get $5 off a timed-entry ticket to ...
11/15/2023

Fill your day with stunning art throughout the Fenway area! Gardner visitors can now get $5 off a timed-entry ticket to Fashioned by Sargent at the . The Gardner's companion exhibit, Inventing Isabella, features Sargent's portraits of Isabella. Don't miss this iconic combo.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/collection/10875

Image: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Mrs. Gardner at Fenway Court, 1903. Watercolor on paper. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Join us on December 14 for Canon, Canyon, Cannon: Well Dressed. Curated by Porsha Olayiwola, Boston Poet Laureate, this ...
11/13/2023

Join us on December 14 for Canon, Canyon, Cannon: Well Dressed. Curated by Porsha Olayiwola, Boston Poet Laureate, this evening of poetry and spoken word readings with leading artists Danez Smith, Chrysanthemum, Jarvis Subia, and Imani Davis invites us to find new meanings through language and performance. Come dressed to express and visit the link in our bio for tickets!
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/canon-canyon-cannon-well-dressed

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Now through January 14, Gardner visitors get $5 off a timed-entry ticket to "Fashioned by Sargent" at the ! It's the fir...
11/07/2023

Now through January 14, Gardner visitors get $5 off a timed-entry ticket to "Fashioned by Sargent" at the ! It's the first show exploring dress in Sargent's iconic portraits. The Gardner's companion exhibit, "Inventing Isabella," features Sargent's portraits of Isabella. Secure your tickets now.
https://tnew.gardnermuseum.org/events
Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent (Florence, 1856 - 1925, London) Mrs. Gardner in White, 1922

Join us for an expansive conversation on the role of fashion in the art of crafting public and private identities! Exhib...
11/06/2023

Join us for an expansive conversation on the role of fashion in the art of crafting public and private identities! Exhibiting artists and and art historians Horace Ballard and will explore how people across time have used fashion and photography as mediums for self expression and more. Get your tickets now.
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/larger-conversation-art-self-fashioning

Experience John Singer Sargent's iconic paintings, including Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast, in our current exhibition...
11/02/2023

Experience John Singer Sargent's iconic paintings, including Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast, in our current exhibition, "Inventing Isabella." Now through January 14, Gardner General Admission ticket holders can get up to four discounted tickets ($5 off each ticket) to see the companion exhibit "Fashioned by Sargent" at the MFA! Buy tickets now.
https://tnew.gardnermuseum.org/events
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast, 1882–1883. Oil on panel. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

On this Halloween eve, check out Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale "The Raven", illustrated by one of Isabella's favorite ...
10/31/2023

On this Halloween eve, check out Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale "The Raven", illustrated by one of Isabella's favorite artists Édouard Manet.

Edgar Allan Poe (American, 1809 - 1849, author) and Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883, illustrator), "The Raven", 1875. Printed book with four brush transfer lithographs, 55 cm (21 5/8 in.) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (8.c.2.behind.3)"

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/collection/18215


Join us at the Gardner on Sunday, 11/19, for the final installment of John Zorn’s 70th birthday celebration. We are thri...
10/28/2023

Join us at the Gardner on Sunday, 11/19, for the final installment of John Zorn’s 70th birthday celebration. We are thrilled to present this set of fiendishly virtuosic works inspired by the late sketchbooks of J.M.W. Turner, performed by the incredible Stephen Gosling. Reserve your tickets now.
https://bit.ly/479wKg6


Now open at the Gardner, Dare to Be Different features works by Fashion Designer Carla Fernández  in collaboration with ...
10/27/2023

Now open at the Gardner, Dare to Be Different features works by Fashion Designer Carla Fernández in collaboration with and .artesanias and Multi-media Artist Fabiola Jean-Louis. Join us to explore the impact of fashion, art, and photography through three poignant exhibitions. Secure your tickets now.
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/


Join us in November for a conversation with artist Fabiola Jean-Louis, fashion designer Carla Fernández, and curators an...
10/25/2023

Join us in November for a conversation with artist Fabiola Jean-Louis, fashion designer Carla Fernández, and curators and art historians Horace Ballard and theo tyson as they explore how art, style, fashion, and photography can communicate who we are, who we wish to be or how we want to be perceived.

Learn more about this brilliant panel of creatives at the link in our bio and reserve your tickets now!

Enjoy after-hours access to the galleries and special exhibitions before and after the program.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/larger-conversation-art-self-fashioning

Isabella’s Parisian purple slippers belonged to a World War I nurse and the Perkins School for the Blind before becoming...
10/24/2023

Isabella’s Parisian purple slippers belonged to a World War I nurse and the Perkins School for the Blind before becoming part of the Museum’s collection. Learn about their unique provenance this week on the blog.
https://bit.ly/3Se5pFA Image: Chapelle, Cordonnier (established Paris, 1815), Pair of Purple Slippers, about 1900.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Gift of Miss Claudia Potter, Perkins Institute for the Blind, 1954

While Isabella’s paintings and photographs often show her in black and white outfits, a pair of her purple slippers reveals her sense of style was broader than it appears. Learn more about these slippers and their connection to the Perkins School for the Blind.

Dare to Be Different is now live at the Gardner! Fashion designer Carla Fernández  believes that tradition is always cha...
10/23/2023

Dare to Be Different is now live at the Gardner! Fashion designer Carla Fernández believes that tradition is always changing and developing, shown by the way her fashion house advocates for textiles as the fabric of civilization. Witness her brilliant creativity and stark innovativeness at our current exhibition "Tradition is Not Static", on view on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/carla-fernandez-tradition-not-static

Carla Fernández, "Tradition Is Not Static", 2023. In collaboration with artisans Claudio Nájera and Isaías Salgado and Styling Art Comes First. Photo © Oluwaseye Olusa/Carla Fernández/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.





Take a closer look at Isabella with us next week! Join art historians and curators Diana Seave Greenwald, Erica Hirshler...
10/20/2023

Take a closer look at Isabella with us next week! Join art historians and curators Diana Seave Greenwald, Erica Hirshler, and Casey Riley as they explore Isabella's deliberate approach to creating a unique public image, unpacking how she collaborated with artists, dodged phoographers and courted the press. https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/picturing-isabella

Otto Rosenheim, Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1906, Gelatin silver print, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.




Dare to Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner! Isabella Stewart Gardner was unique in action, fashion, and voice. "...
10/20/2023

Dare to Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner! Isabella Stewart Gardner was unique in action, fashion, and voice. "Inventing Isabella" invites you to step into the world of this iconic trendsetter to see how she defied the expectations of her gender and rose above the myths and scandals. Secure your tickets.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/inventing-isabella

John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Oil on canvas,
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.





Tomorrow is our Carla Fernández Pop-Up Shop! Join us from 11 am-4 pm in Calderwood Hall. This is a very special opportun...
10/19/2023

Tomorrow is our Carla Fernández Pop-Up Shop! Join us from 11 am-4 pm in Calderwood Hall. This is a very special opportunity to meet the designer and learn more about her process. Her brand proves that ethical fashion can be innovative, avant-garde, and progressive. Shop handmade garments, accessories, and bags, including the very one on the museum's façade! Museum admission is not required to attend. We hope to see you there!
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/carla-fernandez-pop-shopping-event





Photos Courtesy of the Designer

Dare to Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner! "Although we cannot change the past, we can act to change the presen...
10/16/2023

Dare to Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner! "Although we cannot change the past, we can act to change the present as we activate the memories, visions, and legacies of our ancestors.” —Fabiola Jean-Louis, Multi-media Artist
Witness Fabiola's work in the upcoming exhibition "Rewriting History." Secure tickets now. https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/fabiola-jean-louis-rewriting-history
Fabiola Jean-Louis, Marie Antoinette is Dead, 2017. Archival pigment print ©Fabiola Jean-Louis.




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Dare To Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner Museum! Explore how fashion, art, and photography have empowered wome...
10/12/2023

Dare To Be Different is coming soon to the Gardner Museum! Explore how fashion, art, and photography have empowered women to challenge tradition, break barriers, and dare to be different over the course of history. Secure your tickets at the link in our bio.

Photo Credits: Fabiola Jean-Louis, Marie Antoinette is Dead, 2017. Archival pigment print ©Fabiola Jean-Louis.

John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Oil on canvas, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Carla Fernández, Tradition Is Not Static, 2023. In collaboration with artisans Claudio Nájera and Isaías Salgado and Styling Art Comes First. Photo © Oluwaseye Olusa/Carla Fernández/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Happy birthday, Dodge MacKnight! As a way to honor their friendship and his stunning work, Isabella's MacKnight Room fea...
10/01/2023

Happy birthday, Dodge MacKnight! As a way to honor their friendship and his stunning work, Isabella's MacKnight Room features Dodge's watercolors as well as works by other close friends and associates.
Visit the link below to learn more!

https://bit.ly/2GRu3qX



Join us on Monday, October 9 for Indigenous Peoples’ Day Braiding Our Voices at the Gardner Museum! Admission is FREE fo...
09/30/2023

Join us on Monday, October 9 for Indigenous Peoples’ Day Braiding Our Voices at the Gardner Museum! Admission is FREE for all. Bring family and friends to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day and enjoy programming throughout the day with art-making activities designed by Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia , readings in the Living Room, and a special performance by Danza Orgánica followed by a talkback with award-winning choreographer and Luminary Mar Parrilla in conversation with special guests in Calderwood Hall.

Through dance, stories, art and conversation, local Indigenous artists will amplify culture and connection and celebrate community.

Book your tickets early: https://bit.ly/3ryfouh

Photo by Matt Teuten

Discover the role of landscape architecture and urban planning in relation to the acknowledgment, reparation, and return...
09/29/2023

Discover the role of landscape architecture and urban planning in relation to the acknowledgment, reparation, and return of land taken from Indigenous peoples. On Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm, hear from environmental justice scholar Professor Ghazal Jafari and Massachusett tribal leader Elizabeth Solomon in conversation with Gardner Museum Ruettgers Curator of Landscape and Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor Charles Waldheim . Visit the link below to reserve your tickets!
https://bit.ly/3LFfXte

Tis the season of chrysanthemums in the Courtyard. Isabella grew many varieties on her Brookline estate, Green Hill. Tod...
09/28/2023

Tis the season of chrysanthemums in the Courtyard. Isabella grew many varieties on her Brookline estate, Green Hill. Today, the tradition is alive—new colors and species of the flower, along with fall foliage, light up the Garden. Visit the link below to listen to the audio walk. https://bit.ly/3LZAass

Calderwood Hall was packed yesterday for an all-acoustic guitar trio performance, featuring Bill Frisell, Gyan Riley, an...
09/25/2023

Calderwood Hall was packed yesterday for an all-acoustic guitar trio performance, featuring Bill Frisell, Gyan Riley, and Julian Lage, to celebrate John Zorn's 70th birthday! Tickets are still available for this Sunday's concert, which will honor the life and music of American composer, Ned Rorem. Link in Bio.

Calderwood Hall was packed yesterday for an all-acoustic guitar trio performance, featuring Bill Frisell, Gyan Riley, an...
09/25/2023

Calderwood Hall was packed yesterday for an all-acoustic guitar trio performance, featuring Bill Frisell, Gyan Riley, and Julian Lage, to celebrate John Zorn's 70th birthday! Tickets are still available for this Sunday's concert, which will honor the life and music of American composer, Ned Rorem.

https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/ned-rorem-centennial

Enjoy art in community and find sanctuary at the Gardner during October Free First Thursdays. Join us October 5 to explo...
09/21/2023

Enjoy art in community and find sanctuary at the Gardner during October Free First Thursdays.

Join us October 5 to explore the galleries after hours, listen to live music with Luminary Josh Knowles in the Courtyard, make art with Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia in the Studio, and join a powerful conversation with community leaders and healers Luana Morales , MawuLisa Thomas-Adeyemo, Nashira Baril , and Jessica Paulino as they share stories of loss, grieving and healing for mothers, guardians, and others in Calderwood Hall.

Grab dinner at Café G and drop by the Living Room Bar for drinks. https://bit.ly/3ETZSvH find out more and reserve free tickets. Admission is always free from 3 - 9 pm on the first Thursday of every month, and programs begin at 5pm!

Isabella likely acquired eleven pocket-sized bottles to hold snuff—a flavored powdered tobacco—during her trip to China ...
09/19/2023

Isabella likely acquired eleven pocket-sized bottles to hold snuff—a flavored powdered tobacco—during her trip to China in 1883–84. Learn more about these exquisite miniature vessels this week on the blog. https://bit.ly/3Rsw0ht.
Image 1: Chinese, S***f Bottle, 1796–1820. Porcelain, glass, and silver
Image 2: Chinese, S***f Bottle, early 19th century. Smoky quartz with rutile crystals
Image 3: Chinese, S***f Bottle, early 19th century. Glass with polychrome appliqué and coral stopper
All Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. See them in the Little Salon.

Some of the works featured in the Presence of Plants in Contemporary Art summer exhibition (6/22-9/17). There's still ti...
09/16/2023

Some of the works featured in the Presence of Plants in Contemporary Art summer exhibition (6/22-9/17). There's still time to get one last look this weekend! https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/presence-plants-contemporary-art

Ackroyd & Harvey, Netooeusqua (2023) & Elizabeth Solomon (2023)
Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ (2016)
Piero Golia, Ikebana #3 (2021)
Cerith Wyn Evans, Still Life (In course of arrangement) . . . VI (2020)

09/14/2023

Last chance to see students and alumni of Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music perform jazz piano improvisations within Rashid Johnson's work, Antoine’s Organ — tonight from 6-8 pm and afternoons through the weekend. Don't forget, Presence of Plants in Contemporary Art closes September 17. Berklee College of Music New England Conservatory of Music
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/presence-plants-contemporary-art

Did you know that our museum founder Isabella Stewart Gardner was a huge Red Sox fan? Clippings show she closely followe...
09/13/2023

Did you know that our museum founder Isabella Stewart Gardner was a huge Red Sox fan? Clippings show she closely followed the 1912 World Series and even saved a diagram of the play that won the championship. She penned the phrase “Oh, you Red Sox!” and had it inscribed on a headband that she wore to the symphony–a combination of her love of music and sport. Learn more: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/blog/oh-you-red-sox

Inventing Isabella was featured in The Boston Globe's Fall Arts Preview. Stay tuned on our social channels for more info...
09/11/2023

Inventing Isabella was featured in The Boston Globe's Fall Arts Preview. Stay tuned on our social channels for more information on the exhibition (opening October 19) about how art, fashion and photography shaped Isabella's identity and public persona. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/09/08/arts/10-museum-exhibits-for-fall/

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888. Oil on canvas, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

The beginning of September marks the start of National Mushroom Month. In celebration of mushrooms and Piero Golia's mix...
09/09/2023

The beginning of September marks the start of National Mushroom Month. In celebration of mushrooms and Piero Golia's mixed media sculpture, Ikebana #3, a collection of fungi-themed gifts is fruiting at the Shop! Search through Gift at the Gardner’s selection of stylish spore souvenirs in store and online! And don't forget, Presence of Plants in Contemporary Art is on view through 9/17.
https://gift.gardnermuseum.org/collections/national-mushroom-month

This week on the blog, learn about Margaret Ruthven Lang, the first woman composer to have a work performed publicly by ...
09/08/2023

This week on the blog, learn about Margaret Ruthven Lang, the first woman composer to have a work performed publicly by an American symphony orchestra . She got her start in Isabella’s Music Room.
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/blog/isabellas-music-room-symphony-hall-composer-margaret-ruthven-lang

Image 1: Manuscript Club (founded Boston, 1888), Concert Program Autographed by Margaret Ruthven Lang and other musicians, 28 February 1889
Image 2: Thomas E. Marr (Canadian-American, 1849–1910), Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Music Room, 152 Beacon Street, Boston, 1900
Both Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

09/07/2023

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Museum will close today, Thursday, September 7, at 5:00 p.m. Ticket holders will receive additional information via email. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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