The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays a vast collection from one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. Gardner was a philanthropist and huge supporter of cultural enrichment. She was an ardent fan of the Boston Symphony, the Red Sox, and Harvard College football. Gardner was also the visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable collections of art in the world today. For more than 30 years, Gardner traveled the world to amass a remarkable collection of master and decorative arts. Today, that collection is showcased for all to view and enjoy. Visit at 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA.The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is famous both for its collection of masterpieces and the quirky restriction imposed by its founder that the galleries remain exactly as she left them, the Gardner occupies a unique place in the hearts of art lovers. The Gardner’s three floors of curiously juxtaposed art, architecture, plant life, and music are so dense that it’s impossible to visit without finding something new to marvel at.Yankee Magazine March 2009“Mrs. Jack” had a strong will, definite tastes in art, and the money to turn her passion into a terrific museum. Old masters, Italian Renaissance pieces, and other major works are housed in a faux Venetian palace adjacent to the Back Bay Fens.Yankee Magazine April 2005“Mrs. Jack” had a strong will, definite tastes in art, and the money to turn those passions into this terrific museum of Old Masters, Italian Renaissance pieces and other major works in a faux Venetian palace adjacent to the Back Bay Fens. One look at John Singer Sargent’s full-length portrait and you’ll see why she always got her way.Yankee Magazine April 2003
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