Gardner Museum Excursion

The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is a replica of a Venetian palace built by her to house her extensive art collection. It was constructed in the early 20th century. In her will she stipulated that nothing in the building ever be changed—all the art is in exactly in the place it was at her death. (Unless it was stolen. The Gardner is the site of the greatest art heist in American history.)

Your task is twofold. Select a painting or sculpture and write about what feature in it struck you as most interesting. Possible features would be the composition, color, and light and dark contrast. Then analyze your impression of the room in which it is contained (they all have names). Is there a predominant theme in the room (or not), historic continuity, placement of works etc. How does your chosen work fit in the room.

Your response should be 1-2 pages long, double spaced. It is due by 6 pm on Friday, April 8th.