A museum in a different context
I finally made it to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum yesterday. As we wandered through the absolutely overwhelming amount of art in this beautiful house designed specifically as host to the collection an interesting thing happened. Often, if not always, as I wander through a museum the conversation whether internal or in dialog is about the artists, the style, the era, the context of the piece of art. The further we explored the more I noticed the conversation was actually about Isabella Stewart Gardner herself, her motivations, her life, her passions, her choices. The different pieces of art that spoke to her, that she choose to own and put in her house/museum and arrange in a manner that feels at once haphazard and at the same time very constructed, begin tell a story of this very interesting woman that none of us would ever know otherwise. Intertwined in the conversation of Mrs. Jack is that of the building itself. This is an incredible place that is worth one visit followed by several return visits.
Posted by Alison Doughty, Hotel Manager at Hotel Veritas