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Close Up: Raphael & the Pope's Librarian

Nearly five centuries after his death, Raphael’s fame remains undiminished. In 1898, Isabella Stewart Gardner brought the first Raphael to America, a portrait of the pope’s librarian Tommaso Inghirami. Celebrated by Erasmus as “the Cicero of our era,” Inghirami was a high Renaissance celebrity esteemed for his profound erudition, theatrical abilities, and powerful friends, including Raphael himself.

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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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