The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays an art collection of world
importance, including works that rank among the most significant of their type.
Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection
comprised of more than 2,500 objects—paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles,
drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs and
letters—from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic
world and 19th-century France and America. Built to evoke a 15th-century
Venetian palace, the Museum itself provides an atmospheric setting for Isabella
Stewart Gardner's inventive creation.