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Author Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Title Eye of the beholder : masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum / edited by Alan Chong, Richard Lingner, Carl Zahn.

Published Boston, MA : Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in association with Beacon Press, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  708.14461 ISAB    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-237) and index.
Summary The official companion book to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum"s hundredth anniversary celebration During her lifetime (1840-1924) Isabella Stewart Gardner was at the heart of Victorian Boston"s liveliest salon. Henry and William James, Henry Adams, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John LaFarge, James McNeill Whistler, BernardBerenson, and John Singer Sargent all gathered at Fenway Court, in the company of works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Titian, Raphael, Rubens, and Rembrandt. One hundred years after its completion, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains as intrepid and idiosyncratic as its creator. The embodimentof one woman"s vision, the Venetian palazzo turned inside out and its wildly eclectic collection of twenty-four centuries of paintings, sculpture, furnishings, and books nonetheless speak very personally to all who enter. At once grand and intimate, the garden courtyard and the terrazzo galleries invite discovery: every visitor (and there have been literally hundreds of thousands), it seems, has a secret corner of the Gardner. In celebration of its centenary, the Gardner Museum has asked artists and thinkers of our own time to go public with their private visions of the Gardner. In this book, filled with 120 color plates, their voices are joined and juxtaposedwith those of Mrs. Gardner"s contemporaries, allowing readers to see the Gardner"s most beloved works through the eyes of such nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers as William James and Bill T. Jones, T. S. Eliot andHenry Louis Gates Jr., Julia Ward Howe and Sister Wendy. Robert Campbell takes as his subject the museum"s architecture, while Wayne Koestenbaum offers a homoerotic reading ofworks in the collection. Beautifully designed and extravagantly illustrated, Eye of the Beholder offers a richly textured exploration of one of the world"s great art collections.
Other author Chong, Alan, 1957-
Lingner, Richard.
Zahn, Carl.
Subject Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -- Catalogs.
Art, European -- Catalogs.
Art -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Catalogs.
Variant Title Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
ISBN 0807066125