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Masterpieces of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Martha Stewart Gardner Courtyard October 2016

Masterpieces of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts exhibitions of art, as well as concerts, lectures and community programs and a program of changing courtyard displays.

Masterpieces of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

  • “The Story of Lucretia” by Sandro Botticelli
    • “The Story of Lucretia” by Sandro Botticelli is a tempera and oil painting on wood, painted between 1496 and 1504 during the Italian Renaissance. The subject of this painting is the legend of at Lucretia, a noblewoman, who was raped by the son of the king of Rome, Sextus Tarquinius. Lucretia, believing that the rape dishonoured her and her family, committed suicide by stabbing herself with a dagger after telling what had occurred to her.
  • “The Rape of Europa” by Titian
    • The “Rape of Europa” is a mythological painting of the story of the abduction of Europa by Zeus or Jupiter, the Roman name for the Greek god Zeus. It was painted by Titian about 1560 – 62. In Greek mythology, Europa (Greek: Εὐρώπη) was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origins, after whom the continent of Europe was named. The painting depicts the story of her abduction by Zeus, who is in the form of a white bull. This myth was originally a Cretan story and many of the love-stories concerning Zeus originate from even more ancient myths describing his marriages with goddesses.
  • “The Concert” by Johannes Vermeer (whereabouts unknown since its theft in 1990)
    • “The Concert” by Johannes Vermeer depicts a man and two women playing music and singing. The young woman is sitting at a harpsichord, the man is playing the lute and a woman standing while singing. The harpsichord’s upturned lid is decorated with a landscape. A viola da gamba can be seen lying on the floor.  This masterpiece belongs to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, but was stolen in 1990 and remains missing. It is reputed to be the most valuable unrecovered stolen painting ever, with a value estimated at over $200 million.

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