November 17, 2009

An Enchanting Palace

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.


  1. What a beautiful place! The garden and art are absolutely amazing. I don't think I would have wanted to leave!

  2. I love Boston and will definately put this on my list of places to visit. It does look very 'Italy'. Thank you for the tip.

  3. Oh, you brought back so many memories for me!
    Many years ago,when I lived in Boston I loved to visit the Gardener Musuem, it was so magical and a beautiful oasis in the city.
    The nasturtium flowers were so beautiful and the Rembrandt's and if I remember correctly they had free concerts on Sunday afternoons... Hmmm, I think I will pull out my old drawing books to refresh my memories of that time. Am so glad you posted about that special museum!

  4. i studied in boston, but have never been. i´ll hit ti the next time i´m there. besos!

  5. What a wonderful tour! I loved all the paintings especially Bunker's.
    That courtyard is magnificent!

  6. I have only been to Boston once, but if I ever go back- I'm adding this place on my list to visit. Beauty all in one place. Thanks for the tour.xo

  7. What a wonderful little spot. I shall add this to my "places to go" folder!
    Looks like an oasis. Thanks again for the etsy order. I am full of thanks!

  8. This is a magnificent place. Thanks for sharing your photos! :)

  9. What a beautiful place! I dodn't think I went to this museum when I was in college just outside Boston. Such a shame. Now I know I could spend hours browsing here. I love the courtyard, it's beautiful.
    Thank you for posting about this museum!

  10. It's like a breath of fresh air. I feel alive around beautiful things. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for coming by, Holly:)

  11. I love love love that place! I used to go all the time when I lived across the river in Somerville. What I appreciate most is that it's an opportunity to see art displayed in the type of environment most of it was created for--a private home, rather than a museum wall.

    I knew we were meant to be pals when I read your comment about apple crumb pie! That's how I like it too, and it's nice to save the work of making that extra crust.


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