Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2011. Hardcover. Brown & color illus. boards, 327 pp., many color & BW illus. VG (ex-art library with bookplate and pocket, otherwise clean.). Item #152700
"Catalogues the Italian furniture in the museum but also considers Isabella Gardner as a designer. On her numerous travels, Gardner visited a wide range of museums, palaces, and private residences, as well as the galleries of dealers and studios of artists. At home, she designed and decorated her homes on Beacon Street in Boston and at Green Hill in Brookline before she began the task of creating her own special museum. In the museum, which opened to the public for the first time in 1903, Italian furniture set the stage for her collection. Rows of chairs and tables articulate the walls, just as they would have in the grand palaces of Venice. In short, the furniture of the Gardner Museum helps us understand Isabella Gardner as museum-maker." (foreword) With essays by Fausto Calderai, Alan Chong, and Catherine Hess. The annotated and illustrated catalogue addresses 165 pieces of furniture. A beautiful book indeed.
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