FRA ANGELICO: HEAVEN ON EARTH

Renaissance master Fra Angelico transformed the history of western art with his breathtaking paintings. Heaven on Earth reunites the Gardner's magnificent Assumption and Dormition of the Virgin, acquired by Isabella in 1899 and the first Fra Angelico to reach the United States, with its three companions from the Museo di San Marco, Florence. Conceived as a set of jewel-like reliquaries for the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella, they tell the story of the Virgin Mary's life. This exhibition invites you to explore Fra Angelico's ground-breaking narrative art, marvel at his peerless creativity, and immerse yourself in the material splendor of his craftsmanship.

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MASTERWORK SPOTLIGHTS

We have isolated some of the most compelling sections from masterworks in the Gardner collection. These details can stand on their own or be grouped together for a stunning contemporary and abstract effect.

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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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COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS