Enchanting, sweeping beauty, and eye popping are just a few of the descriptions I use to describe the Elizabeth Stuart Gardner Art Museum, in Boston. The pink facade, which draws in visitors by the droves, is not your ordinary museum entrance. This is the interior courtyard:
It's magnificent! You are instantly drawn into an enclosed Venetian courtyard. Real plants thrive, and marble is everywhere. The visitor then combs the beautiful artwork collected by the esteemed Elizabeth Stuart Gardner and her husband, Jack. She and her husband in the early 20th century fell in love with Venice, and decided to recreate a Venetian palace in Boston. Their collection is on three floors with paintings that are three high, and cover the rooms, decorated by red walls and ornate wallpaper. It is a sight to behold.There are approxiately 2500 objects such as glazed pottery, books, sculpture, furniture, and lace from all over Medieval Europe, Asia and the Islamic world. Nineteenth Century France and America is also represented. The Gardners were real explorers. They travelled the globe from Asia throughout Africa, and then Europe. The entire museum is a work of art in itself.
The ever gracious Elizabeth Stuart Gardner, painted by John S. Sargent 1888
Red wallpaper: The Raphael Room
Lace Panel - French 1675-1700
Rembrandt (Dutch) - self portrait. Age 23 1629 (One of my personal favorites!)
Tapestry- Flemish (Brussels) Strolling and Seated Lovers ca.1585-1600
Chrysanthemums 1888 Artist: Dennis Miller Bunker, American 1861-1890
It was a wonderful visit for me to experience. Most of the information above is from my brochure that I kept as a souvenir! I hope you enjoyed a peek of this wonderful and most unusual museum, and keep it in mind should you visit Boston. It is a walk back in time.