“Isabella Stewart Gardner: Her Collection and Museum”
Explore the Boston collection and legacy of one of the most celebrated female patrons of the arts.
Surrounded by scandal and fascination, American arts patron Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924) was a vivacious woman endowed with a voracious appetite for life. For years, her salon at Fenway Court was Boston’s liveliest—and she counted the most extraordinary artists of the day as her charges and friends. Art historian Marlene Barasch Strauss, Ph.D. explores this captivating woman, who personally built one of the world’s great art collections.
Strauss lectures annually at The Society of the Four Arts as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the 21st Century Club in Cleveland. She has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, the French Embassy (of Cultural Affairs) in New York and at many museums, town halls, women’s clubs and organizations throughout the United States.
She is a former board member of The National Academy of Design in New York and IFAR (International Foundation for Art Research), and served as secretary-treasurer of the Archaeological Institute of America. In 1978, as an officer of the AIA, she was appointed diplomatic courier to Christos Doumas, director of excavations on the Greek Island of Santorini.
Book signings, when offered, are held in the Four Arts King Library. They are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.