On January 19th, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum re-opened after an extensive redesign and building project.
The Gardner Museum is a legacy of Boston's legendary socialite and art collector, Isabella Stewart Gardner. Gardner was, to put it mildly, a character! Her life is explored in The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner by Douglass Shand-Tucci [709 SHA].
The museum was the victim of a major art theft in 1990, as yet unsolved, and has provided the subject matter for Boston novelist, Brian McGrory's, thriller Dead Line [F MCG].
The Gardner should be on your list of places to visit this spring. I mention the spring because the museum is famous for its lush and beautiful gardens and for its hanging nasturtiums which bloom every April. And don't forget the Gardner's extensive art collection, which can be enjoyed all year round.
Photo courtesy the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.