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Eye of the beholder : masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Author: Alan Chong; Richard Lingner; Carl Zahn; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in association with Beacon Press, ©2003.
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"During her lifetime, Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) was at the heart of Boston's liveliest salon. Artists and thinkers gathered at Fenway Court around works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. One hundred years after its opening, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains as innovative and individual as its creator. The embodiment of one women's vision, the museum speaks  Read more...
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Eye of the beholder.
Boston, Mass. : Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in association with Beacon Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606973029
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Chong; Richard Lingner; Carl Zahn; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
ISBN: 0807066125 9780807066126
OCLC Number: 53076256
Description: xxiii, 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Mrs. Gardner's palace on the Fenway --
The courtyard --
Ancient art --
Medieval art --
The early renaissance --
The high renaissance --
The art of Venice --
Textiles --
Decorative arts --
The art of Northern Europe --
Spanish art --
Islamic art --
Asian art --
The nineteenth century --
Coda : contemporary art --
Chronology.
Other Titles: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Responsibility: edited by Alan Chong, Richard Lingner, Carl Zahn.
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"During her lifetime, Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) was at the heart of Boston's liveliest salon. Artists and thinkers gathered at Fenway Court around works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. One hundred years after its opening, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains as innovative and individual as its creator. The embodiment of one women's vision, the museum speaks personally to all who enter." "In celebration of its centennial, the museum has commissioned new photographs and asked writers of our own time to go public with their private visions of the Gardner Museum. In this book, filled with 180 color plates, their voices are joined with those of Mrs. Gardner herself and her contemporaries, allowing readers to see the museum's most beloved works through the eyes of such thinkers as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Bernard Berenson, Charles Eliot Norton, Henry Adams, Okakura Kakuzo, Robert Campbell, Wayne Koestenbaum, Sister Wendy Beckett, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. We can read what artists such as John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Michelangelo, and Titian wrote about their works." "This volume offers the fascinating story of Mrs. Gardner and the evolution of one of the nation's most important art collections, the unfortunate victim of a theft in 1990. It also provides a delightful visual tour of the museum's architecture, gardens, and galleries, as well as insightful short essays on the major themes of the collection, from ancient to contemporary art."--Jacket.

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