Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection contains all sorts of religious symbols, from crosses to angels, to stained glass windows.
During the Gardners’ 1895 trip to Rome, they stayed several months so that Isabella could secure an audience with Pope Leo XIII. His Holiness asked Isabella many questions about the United States, as well as about her Anglican faith and her art collection. When she told him about the Sistine Chapel manuscript, he asked to see it, saying, “The next time you come to Rome, bring the missal with you and show it to me yourself.”
This Navy Brocade Cross Ornament reminds us of the beautiful textiles and other objets d'arte found all over the Museum.
Ornaments of other subjects, artists, authors, and notable figures inspired by Isabella and the Museum also available.