FEATURED EXHIBITION

Boston's Apollo
Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent


In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young African-American elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. This chance encounter changed both of their lives. McKeller posed for gods, goddesses, and allegorical figures in Sargent's murals for the Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition reconstructs McKeller's life and work with Sargent, while raising important questions of race, class, and sexuality, as relevant today as they were in Gilded Age Boston.

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FEATURED ROOMS

MARTHA ROMME

Within Isabella’s collection are these off-view 12 pochoir lithographs by Martha Romme, an early twentieth century French couturier and artist. The lithographs replicate the French Republican Calendar, used by the French government for about 12 years from late 1793 to 1805. The calendar began at the autumnal equinox; each of the 12 months had 30 days. The months were renamed based on Paris’s nature and weather.


Combining France’s past and present in 12 works, Romme used the French Republican Calendar to create lithographs for the year 1919 using the newly repopularized pochoir technique. This color application process using stencils was rejuvenated by the French in the early 20th century.

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MUSIC AND DANCE

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s passion for Music and Dance is reflected in many of the artworks on view in the museum. Works by Degas, Sargent, Kronberg, Vermeer and others feature references to the importance of performing arts at the Gardner.

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