June 26, 2008

The Gardner Museum of Boston

Posted in museums at 1:46 pm by classicalmusic

The Elegance of the 1900’s

The Gardner Museum opened to the public on New Year’s Day 1903.  The building is an elegant 15th century Venetian-styled palace containing three stories of galleries all surrounding a central flowering courtyard.  It houses the Gardner collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, rare books and decorative arts, and it is a real joy to go through the collections.  I was there many years ago so that I don’t know what it looks like today after a great renovation job that took about two years.

The Gardner collection which includes some of the greatest artists in the world (Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whittier, Sargent) was haphazardly placed as though Mrs. Gardner had hung the pictures herself wherever she felt like it.  There was no real trail to follow and one could just have a good time looking around at everything available.  When tired of viewing, the lovely central courtyard provides a peaceful and restful place to relax and collect your thoughts.

The day I visited, there was a chamber concert held in one of the elegant rooms.  Unfortunately the chairs were hard and wooden and the players were not the greatest.  I left at the intermission, but the beautiful palace and its huge collection of art have stuck in my memory all these years.

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