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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, houses important items from European, Asian, and American cultures. The museum collection comprises paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and other decorative arts. The museum was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner, who wished for her art collection to be displayed “for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.” A second building, built in tandem with the main structure near Back Bay Fens, was finished in 2012. Unfortunately, thirteen of the museum’s items were stolen in 1990. The theft is still unsolved. The antiquities, estimated to be worth $500 million, have yet to be returned. A $10 million reward is in place for information leading to the repatriation of artworks.

The museum was established between 1898 and the time of Isabella Stewart Gardner. (1840-1924). Gardner was an American art collector and philanthropist who supported the arts in the 15th-century Venetian Palace architecture. In 1903, the museum was opened to the public. Gardner began collecting art after inheriting a sizable inheritance from her father’s estate in 1891. Her first major acquisition was Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert (c. 1664) at an auction house in Paris in 1892. Bernard Berenson offered to help her buy the genuine Botticelli in 1894. With his assistance, Gardner became the first American to own a work of art by Botticelli, a Renaissance great. Berenson was instrumental in acquiring more than 70 works of art that are now part of her collection. A1 Water and Mold Removal MA


It was built to look like a Venetian palace in the early 15th century. The museum’s location is reminiscent of Gardner’s art. Willard T. Sears enlisted Gardner to create the museum near Back Bay’s saline fens to house her growing collection of artwork. The museum includes three floors of gallery space surrounded by an open courtyard that is vibrant all year. A common fallacy is that the building was moved from Venice to Boston and rebuilt. On the contrary, it was built in Boston from the ground up with fresh materials and integrated numerous architectural motifs from European Gothic and Renaissance architecture.


Gardner was an ardent collector who meticulously displayed around 7500 pieces of furniture, silver statues, pottery, textiles, 1500 rare books, and 7000 things from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world, and 19th century France and America. Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler, and Sargent are the painters featured in the exhibition. The Yellow Room is a classic example of Matisse being featured in an American collection.

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