December 1, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This is the center courtyard of the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum (ISGN) From the architecture to the installation of artworks, the original museum is the vision of Isabella. Isabella and her husband were world travelers that inspired a passion for art. After her Dad died in and left her a fortune in 1891, she started a remarkable collection and began planning for a building to house it. It is a 4 story house. The museum opened to the public in 1903 and she lived on the 4th floor.
Portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargen. Her husband describe the painting as "It looks like hell", but you look like hell. He liked the painting, but did not want it to be seen by the public until he died. This is a large painting that is display high in one of the private rooms.
I came to Boston to see the Della Robbia show at the Museum of Fine Art (MFA). I was surprised to see this wonderful example of Della Robbia at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This was too large and too permanently installed for them to bring it to the MFA.
This is the museum that had 13 artworks stolen 1990. They cut out the paintings and they just have the space bland where the painting were. You can see the two of the blank frames in this picture. Hereis more information about the theft. http://www.gardnermuseum.org/resources/theft
If you ever get to Boston, make sure you go to this museum.