A Venetian Place in Boston. Yeah, you would never believe it looking at this photo, wouldn’t you?
Instead it’s all true and above all authentic. We are at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. But let’s begin with things in order.
Isabella Stewart Gardner
To tell you about this so particular place, first of all I have to tell you about the story of a very particular woman: Isabella.
She was born in New York in 1840 and she moved to Boston following her marriage. A woman out of the ordinary.
On one side taste for life and a fervid intellectual curiosity. On the other side an unrestrained love for journeys she writes about with enthusiasm, revealing a lot about her personality.A #venetian palace in #Boston. Interesting tour at @gardnermuseum. #visitMA @visitMA… Click To Tweet
Who knows if can we define her an ancestor of the travel bloggers!
The long jorneys of Isabella
Joking apart, during the long journeys all over the word, Europe, Asia, Middle East…she loved to write. So she gives us a cross-section of the places visited and of her feelings.
An eccentric woman living an exuberant and funny life for that age, absolutely not keeping with the strict labels of Boston in that age.
She fed the gossip due to her unconventional choices and her eccentricity. The local papers were bewitched by her but scandalized at the same time.
She loved to say: “don’t ruin a good story saying the truth”. This alone allows us to understand a lot about her character.
Venice is her favourite destination
She travels a lot to Europe, she spends a lot of time in Paris but her favourite destination is Venice.
She has an extraordinary taste for the works of art that she starts to collect all over the world during her journeys.
In Asia and in the Middle East she discovers the so unlike foreign cultures and here, too, she widens her art knowledge.
She was a friend of the great artists of that age: she saw them regularly and had them as guests in her parlors where she mixed furniture, paintings and objects from different cultures, according her taste.
She was an art collector, philanthropist and patron: she encouraged music, literature, dance, the creative thought…
Her unrestrained love for Venice and the Italian culture inspired the plan of her museum: she personally planned and created it. A recent wing was realized by Renzo Piano.#Venice is in #Boston @gardnermuseum. An unrestrained art collection. #visitMA @visitMA… Click To Tweet
She considered art a need of her country due to the fact it was young and had an only recent history. So she created a vital place for Americans to have access to great art works.
I read the most beautiful description of Isabella and her museum in the book The Infiltrates by Nicola Palmarini, a book not dealing with art. I recommend you to read it and give it as a present to every girls and mother you know: it could mark a turning point to many girls’ future.The most beautiful description of the @gardnermuseum in #Boston is that one by @nipalm ne… Click To Tweet
It’s the museum’s description analyzed by a very particular point of view: the such unique museum is a woman’s “creation”. What she wanted, what she had in mind and pursued according to her taste.
A place never rearranged by a man, as it happens to any other museum. Just thanks to the far-seeing will Isabella left. So the museum remained as the essence of what a woman can create, according to her personal taste, without have to adjust and adapt to clichés risking then to make the works of art exhibitions all similar.
Said in that way it can seem reductive and the book has to be read entirely but going into this place (it’s better after have read the book) all appears immediately clearer.
Renzo Piano’s work – a man – is supporting that one of woman – Isabella: a thing that practically never happens and here it gives a unique taste.
When she died she left more than a million dollars and precise instructions for her museum (among them the fact her collection will never have significantly altered).
We are in front one of the most important private art collection of that age: it was put in setting personally cared by Isabella, according to her taste inside places and settings where she lived to stay on. Today they are at everyone’s reach in order to the others can fall in love with art.
Gardens and vegetable gardens were her passions and today they are vital inside the museum.
New ways to explore art
The museum is a Venetian palace in Boston which allows to admire the permanent collection through new ways to explore art, contextualized at Isabella’s age, in order they become inspiration for present and encourage new ways to think art.New ways to explore art at @gardenermuseum in a Venetian Palace. #visitMA @visitMA @VisitUSAItaly Click To Tweet
A charming Venetian Palace in Boston, in the downtown: its inside courtyard is an extraordinary work of art itself, where it’s nice to stay.
Every room overlooking it gives a new view.
Other settings with low ceilings and stone benches or the so particular cloisters, offer a variety of sculptures and dancing characters.
A Venetian palace in Boston
The water, the Venice urban architecture and the green are the featuring elements.
Inside there are even two paintings by Raffaello put one next to the other to bewitch visitors.
A woman out of the ordinary
It seems to go back in time entering this Venetian palace in Boston. A museum allowing to rest in the fresh of the inside courtyard and admiring art according to the rules of a woman extraordinary ordinary in her being out of the ordinary, forerunner of time and a lover of good taste.
In short, whether you love art or whether you want to discover more about Isabella’s life, this Venetian palace in Boston is absolutely to see.
- Free admittance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on your birthday.
- Free admittance if your name is Isabella.
- Free admittance for under 18.
- You can have a complete virtual tour on the website, with explications in details for every room and setting: from the blue room, to the Spanish chapel, to the Chinese loggia.