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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a museum in Boston, Massachusetts with a collection of over 2,500 works of European, Asian and American art, including paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts. The museum also hosts special exhibitions of historic and contemporary art. The National Gallery in London, a famous museum. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... // Medieval art Main article: Medieval art Saint Matthew from the Lindisfarne Gospels. ...

The museum was established in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924), a wealthy patron of the arts. It is housed in a building designed to evoke a Venetian Renaissance palazzo, but it was built entirely from the ground up in Boston, out of new materials, but incorporating numerous architectural fragments from European Gothic and Renaissance structures. The antique elements are seamlessly worked into the design of the turn-of-the-century building. Special tiles were custom designed for the floors, modern concrete was used for some of the structural elements, and antique capitals sit atop modern columns. The interior garden courtyard is covered by a glass roof, with steel support structure original to the building. The building was not brought to America from Venice and reconstructed; that is a common misconception. 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Isabella Stewart Gardner (1888), John Singer Sargent Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840-July 17, 1924) was an influential art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts whose collection is now housed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which she established in 1903. ...

The museum has a small but outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, jewelry, and Japanese screens. It is particularly rich in Italian Renaissance paintings, as well as in 19th-century works by John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler. The first Matisse to enter an American collection is housed there. Self Portrait, oil painting, 1907 John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was a painter known for his portraits. ... Self portrait James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 14, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British based painter and etcher. ... Photo of Henri Matisse taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1933. ...

The Gardner Museum is much admired for the intimate atmosphere in which its works of art are displayed and its flower-filled courtyard. Most of the art pieces are unlabeled, and the generally dim lighting is more akin to a private house than a modern art museum. There is additionally a performance hall in which a piano and extra seating are located, and concerts are held there most Sundays from September through May.

Gardner began collecting seriously after she received a large inheritance from her father in 1891. Her purchase of Vermeer's The Concert at auction in Paris in 1892 was her first major acquisition. In 1894, Bernard Berenson offered his services in helping her acquire a Botticelli. Berenson helped acquire nearly 70 works of art for her collection. Milkmaid (1658-1660) Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (October 31, 1632 - buried on December 15, 1675) was a Dutch painter who lived and worked in Delft. ... Bernard Berenson in the garden of his estate Villa I Tatti in 1911 Bernard Berenson (born Bernhard Valvrojenski, June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959), was an American art historian. ... Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (little barrel) (March 1, 1445 – May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento). ...


On the night of March 18, 1990, thieves disguised as police officers broke into the museum and stole thirteen works of art, including a painting by Vermeer ("The Concert") and three Rembrandts (two paintings, including his only seascape The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, and a small self-portrait print) as well as works by Manet, Degas, Govaert Flinck, and a French and a Chinese artifact. It is considered the biggest art theft in US history and remains unsolved. The museum still displays the paintings' empty frames in their original locations due to the strict provisions of Gardner's will, which instructed that the collection be maintained unchanged. The thefts are a subject of a 2005 documentary called Stolen which in a slightly different version had earlier appeared on Court TV. March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the Dutch artist. ... Édouard Manet (portrait by Nadar). ... Edgar Degas Edgar Degas (July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917) was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpting, and drawing. ... Landscape Govert (or Govaert) Teuniszoon Flinck (January 25, 1615 - February 2, 1660) was a Dutch painter of the Dutch Golden Age. ...

In September 2004 and February 2005 there were reports in Variety, Boston Herald and Boston Globe about a new theory emerging on the theft, as in early February 2005 the FBI flew an American art dealer from New York to Paris to meet with the French National Police and pursue new leads. [1], [2], [3], [4]

Several of the people implicated by the emerging theory, which alleged that the Boston Mob did the score and then brokered the paintings to Europeans dealers and collectors through an art dealer affiliated with the Genovese crime family, had been arrested in 1999 for an armored car robbery, a robbery they never even got to attempt. In 2001 One of the alleged robberers to be, David Turner, got a sentence of 36 years while another, Carmello Merlino, got 47 years. [5], [6]

External links

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website
  • Free Classical Music Podcasts from the Gardner
  • FBI theft page
  • IMDB page for Stolen
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