BOTTICELLI

In 1894, Isabella Stewart Gardner bought the Story of Lucretia, bringing the first Botticelli to America. Heroines + Heroes is a special exhibition that reunites her iconic Lucretia with its companion Virginia from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, a pair of paintings conceived for the Vespucci family palace in Florence. Together with additional extraordinary loans from Europe and the United States, this exhibition invites you to explore Botticelli's revolutionary narratives, as he reinvented ancient Roman and early Christian heroines and heroes as Renaissance role models.


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FEATURED ROOMS

MARTHA ROMME

Within Isabella’s collection are these off-view 12 pochoir or stencil watercolors by Martha Romme, an early twentieth century French couturier and artist. The watercolors 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 watercolors 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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