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Gardner and her masterpieces

Published on 06-10-2016 Agenda

The canvases of Renaissance masters take over the space of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in order to better reveal the philanthropic gestures of this collector.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum presents 25 major works from an impressive collection in a temporary exhibition space. Paintings and drawings cover the walls of this Venetian-style palace in Boston, presenting a glimpse of evolutions in art, from the Renaissance to the Rococo. Masterpieces of Botticelli, Raphael, and Rembrandt are on display in a new exhibition playing with light and space. The exhibition also aims to present previously unseen pieces from the museum archives, offering a precious insight into the aspirations of the philanthropist and patron of the arts whose name graces the museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner, otherwise known as ‘Belle', ‘Dona Isabella', ‘Isabella of Boston' or ‘Mrs Jack', after her deceased husband, led a high-society life, and her eccentricity fed the tabloids at the turn of the 20th century. She had Fenway Court built in the style of a Venetian Palazzo and reserved the first three floors for her collections, the sublime work of her life.

Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

Until 28 August 2016

15 USD

From Wednesday to Monday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m.

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