Illuminated manuscripts, a photograph of Walt Whitman, and even a lock of Nathaniel Hawthorne's hair: these are just a few of the treasures in the vast collection of books, letters and memorabilia that Isabella Stewart Gardner amassed.
Gift at the Gardner offers an eclectic array of books: from art history to poetry, beautifully bound literary classics and more, start your own literary collection with our featured titles today!
It has become conventional to think of urbanism and landscape as opposing one another—or to think of landscape as merely providing temporary relief from urban life as shaped by buildings and infrastructure. But, driven in part by environmental concerns, landscape has recently emerged as a model and medium for the city, with some theorists arguing that landscape architects are the urbanists of our age. In Landscape as Urbanism, one of the field’s pioneers presents a powerful case for rethinking the city through landscape.
Charles Waldheim traces the roots of landscape as a form of urbanism from its origins in the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Growing out of progressive architectural culture and populist environmentalism, the concept was further informed by the nineteenth-century invention of landscape architecture as a “new art” charged with reconciling the design of the industrial city with its ecological and social conditions. In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as urban planning shifted from design to social science, and as urban design committed to neotraditional models of town planning, landscape urbanism emerged to fill a void at the heart of the contemporary urban project.
Generously illustrated, Landscape as Urbanism examines works from around the world by designers ranging from Ludwig Hilberseimer, Andrea Branzi, and Frank Lloyd Wright to James Corner, Adriaan Geuze, and Michael Van Valkenburgh. The result is the definitive account of an emerging field that is likely to influence the design of cities for decades to come.Written by Charles Waldheim
The first publication to consider the relationship between these two major artists of the High Renaissance
Through most of Michelangelo’s working life, one of his closest colleagues was the great Venetian painter Sebastiano del Piombo (1485–1541). The two men met in Rome in 1511, shortly after Sebastiano’s arrival from his native city, and while Michelangelo was based in Florence from 1516 to 1534 Sebastiano remained one of his Roman confidants, painting several works after partial designs by him. This landmark publication is about the artists’ extraordinary professional alliance and the friendship that underpinned it. It situates them in the dramatic context of their time, tracing their evolving artistic relationship through more than three decades of creative dialogue.
Matthias Wivel and other leading scholars investigate Michelangelo’s profound influence on Sebastiano and the Venetian artist’s highly original interpretation of his friend’s formal and thematic concerns. The lavishly illustrated text examines their shared preoccupation with the depiction of death and resurrection, primarily in the life of Christ, through a close analysis of drawings, paintings, and sculpture. The book also brings the austerely beautiful work of Sebastiano to a new audience, offering a reappraisal of this less famous but most accomplished artist.
The Book of the Bird celebrates the bird in art with an elegant, international collection of paintings, illustrations and photographs, featuring all kinds of birds from the smallest tits and wrens to colorful exotics.
Interspersed though the illustrations are short texts giving background to the pictures and information on bird species. This is the perfect gift for all bird lovers.
A rare journey in the art of fire through more than 250 magnificent pieces of art glass from the extraordinary 20th century Murano glass collection that Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have assembled over years of passionate study. This book offers the reader a comprehensive and visually fascination excursion into the history of Venetian glass from 1900 until today: the most significant period of Muranese glass.Foreword by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu ; introduction by Holly Hotchner ; essays by: David Revere McFadden, Marino Barovier, Suzanne K. Frantz ; photographs by Luca Vignelli
Mary Beale (1633–99) was one of the earliest professional women artists in Britain. Her successful career as a Baroque-era portrait artist was documented by her husband, Charles, whose almanacs provide a unique record of Beale’s patrons, painting technique, and family affairs. Her portraits of politicians, clergy, aristocracy, and intellectuals reflect the vibrant literary, scientific, and political scene of the seventeenth century.
Beale is recognized as a feminist icon for her success in the male-driven world of portrait painting, and in addition to being a professional artist, she was also as a poet and author. Her book Discourse on Friendship, published in 1667, argued for the equality of husband and wife in marriage—a radical concept at that time. My Dearest Heart, the first biography of Mary Beale, features more than 120 color illustrations of her ground-breaking artistry.
The groundbreaking sculptor's most comprehensive monograph to date
Jean-Michel Othoniel is an artist who creates sculptures that explore themes of fragility, transformation, and ephemerality. Using the repetition of such modular elements as bricks or beads, his work deploys various strategies that hint at loss and despair - cracks in his objects' perfect surfaces, negative spaces and, early in his career, transient materials such as sulfur. The most authoritative study of the artist's work to date, it includes intimate gallery pieces as well as monumental public commissions around the world.Written by Robert Storr, Catherine Grenier, Gay Gassman
Polymath Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. But Tagore was much more than a writer. Through his poems, novels, short stories, poetic songs, dance-dramas, and paintings, he transformed Bengali literature and Indian art. He was instrumental in bringing Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he strove to create a less divided society through mutual respect and understanding, following the example of his great contemporary and close friend, Mahatma Gandhi.
In this timely reappraisal of Tagore’s life and work, Bashabi Fraser assesses Tagore’s many activities and shows how he embodies the modern consciousness of India. She examines his upbringing in Bengal, his role in Indian politics, and his interests in international relationships. Taking a holistic perspective, she also addresses some of the misreadings of his extraordinary life and work.
Turin-born, Brooklyn-based Luisa Rabbia produced this delightful book of collage--inspired by archival photographs purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from local photographers while traveling through China in 1883--during her residency at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Rabbia manipulates the photographs with drawings made via digital projection.Written by Pieranna Cavalchini
A quick visual reference intended to gauge the evolution of Titian's style at a glance.
The Timeline book of Titian is accompanied by a full chronology of the artist's life, and includes key works from Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museo del Prado, Madrid; National Gallery, London; Chiesa dei Gesuiti, Venice; S. Maria dei Frari, Venice; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence and Galleria Borghese, Rome.Written by Jacopo Stoppa
Jean-Michel Othoniel' first monograph follows the footsteps of a singular and secretive artist. Making use of the raw beauty of materials, Othnoiel is one of the few artists to balance a demanding artistic process with a sensitive and poetic approach. Beyond the seduction of form, he invites us to discover a world inhabited by dreams and enchantment, but also haunted by suffering and melancholy. The artist, who gained favor with the public with the Kiosk of the Nightwalkers for the Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre metro station in Paris, has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and commissions in France and abroad.Written by Catherine Grenier
Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and versatile personalities of his time. He was the author of a "violin tutor," renowned and used throughout Europe, and also a productive composer, long-serving court musician and violist, deputy kapellmeister, and a skilled engraver and copyist of music notation. Moreover, he was a successful teacher, wise educator and promoter of his gifted children, a highly regarded scholar, an attentive observer, and an excellent letter writer. He was a loving husband and a caring, occasionally authoritarian father, a convivial host, an educated reader, an art collector, and an enthusiastic theater- and opera-goer. He created a wide circle of contacts and was an ambitious and prudent organizer of journeys and concerts. He was a devout Catholic, Freemason, provocative citizen, free thinker, and a man of the Enlightenment, who supported colleagues as well as widows and orphans of musicians. This book makes the first comprehensive study of all these aspects, in part little known, of the eventful life of Leopold Mozart.Written by Anja Morgenstern
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Artist-In-Residence Program is one of the oldest in the country, arguably beginning in the early days of the Museum when Gardner's friend John Singer Sargent stated in an apartment on the ground floor, using a room on the third floor as a studio.
In 1992, the Museum began inviting artists to once again stay on the premises and respond to the collection, offering fresh perspectives to Gardner's creation. This book reflects on the AIR Program from its inception until today, revealing the surprising insights and discoveries that arise when contemporary artists are given space and time to research and develop new work in an extraordinary setting.
Our esteemed Artists-in-Residence:
Hamra Abbas • Lida Abdul • Heather Ackroyd / Dan Harvey • Andrea Anastasio • Laura Anderson Barbata • Stefano Arienti • Nancy Aronie • Joan Bankemper • Alessandro Baricco • Paul Beatty • Natasha de Betak • Manfred Bischoff • Ashley Bryan • Ambreen Butt • Maurizio Cannavacciuolo • Jason Cheriyan • Dorit Cypis • Edwidge Danticat • Constance DeJong • Jeremy Denk • Marty Ehrlich • Martín Espada • Cliff Evans • Heide Fasnacht • Lara Favaretto • Moritz Fehr • Carla Fernández • Vadim Fishkin • Ivana Franke • Ken Frazelle • Henrik Håkansson • Stefon Harris • Mona Higuchi • Susan Howe • Abdullah Ibrahim • Michele Iodice • Jyotindra Jain • Joan Jonas • Bharti Kher • Joseph Kosuth • Luisa Lambri • Ann Lauterbach • Ledoh • Laura Lima • Lee Mingwei • Liz Lerman • Steve Locke • David Ludwig • Barbara Lynch • Gregory Maguire • Denise Marika • Walter Mayes • Josiah McElheny • Todd McKie • Gcina Mhlophe • Helen Mirra • Abelardo Morell • Alicia Hall Moran • Victoria Morton • Melvin Moti • Juan Muñoz • Anne Nivat • Jay O’Callahan • Luigi Ontani • OpenEnded Group • Jean-Michel Othoniel • Laura Owens • Olivia Parker • Zhang Peili • Adam Pendleton • Rachel Perry • Cesare Pietroiusti • Ana Prvački • Luisa Rabbia • Raqs Media Collective • Elaine Reichek • Paula Robison • Barry Schwabsky • Taro Shinoda • Michael Singer • Dayanita
Singh • Zoe Strauss • Elizabeth Swados • Jennifer Tipton • Su-Mei Tse • Nari Ward • Charmaine Wheatley • David Wilson • Serra Yilmaz • Nevet Yitzhak • Jessica Yu • Danijel Žeželj
For Voir la mer, Sophie Calle invited inhabitants of Istanbul, who often originated from central Turkey, to see the sea for the first time. “I took 15 people of all ages, from kids to one man in his 80s … once we were safely by the sea, I instructed them to take away their hands and look at it. Then, when they were ready--for some it was five minutes and for others 15--they had to turn to me and let me look at those eyes that had just seen the sea.” The project was eventually composed of 14 five-minute videos, made for Calle by Caroline Champetier. Each person is filmed from behind, eventually turning to face the camera, revealing the emotions the experience has evoked. This charming catalogue features Calle’s evocative photographs of these subjects.By Sophie Calle
For months I followed strangers on the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. I photographed them without their know-ledge, took note of their movements, then finally lost sight of them and forgot them.
At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, quite by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice. I decided to follow him.
—from Suite Vénitienne by Sophie Calle
In Suite Vénitienne, Sophie Calle’s first artist’s book—and the crucible of her inimitable and provocative fusion of investigatory methods, fictional constructs, the plundering of real life and the artful composition of self—she notates, in diaristic, time-stamped entries, her surveillance of Henri B. in Venice. She also carefully observes her own emotions as she searches for, finds and follows him. Intentionally losing herself as she wanders the labyrinthine streets of Venice, the city becomes a repository of her desires. She must remind herself that while it feels like she’s in love, she is not; that his elusivity may be more appealing than actually knowing him; and that the gap is wide between her own thoughts and his, which she cannot know.
Her investigation is both methodical (calling every hotel, visiting the police station) and arbitrary (sometimes following a stranger—a flower delivery boy, for instance—hoping someone might lead her to him). She sometimes tells the truth (when she enlists Venetian friends of her own friends who lend a phone, a look-out point, and make inquiries on her behalf). And sometimes she does not, inventing stories to entice strangers to come to her aid.
Once she does find him and follows him, “what we see,” as Larry Rinder writes in his essay “Sophie Calle and the Practice of Doubt,” “is not the object in closer view but the measure of the distance in between.” Henri B., as he wanders and photographs Venice often in the company of another woman, is still an enigma whom Calle observes from the semi-obscurity of the shadows where she hides in disguise. Once he confronts her—after she has ventured too close—he tells her she should’ve masked her eyes which is what ultimately gave her away.
This Siglio reissue is a completely new iteration of Suite Vénitienne, designed in collaboration with Calle, to be the definitive English-language edition. Printed on Japanese paper with a die-cut hard cover and gilded edges, this new, beautiful Siglio edition allows readers to devour this compelling and crucial work.By Sophie Calle
Texts and photos in the form of autobiography and confidences. This box of 50 postcards brings together Sophie Calle's most famous works.By Sophie Calle
Laura Owens is a significant and prominent painter, whose apparently romantic-naive visual language dissolves any separation between abstract and figurative art. Her paintings move between vital colorism and an apparently symbolic representation that portrays both the world of the abyss and the world of dreams. The childlike handwriting in her ornamental paintings raises the issue of the limits of painting as an art form or as part of everyday life. This catalogue publishes works for the first time and accompanies Laura Owens‘ first solo museum exhibition in Germany.By Laura Owens, text by Stephan Berg, Stefan Gronert, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
“House of Love” is a work of photographic fiction that takes the form of nine short stories. Working closely with writer Aveek Sen, whose prose follows a journey of its own, Singh explores the relationship between photography, memory, and writing. “House of Love”, designed to blur the lines between an art book of photographic images and a work of literary fiction, is a book whose images demand to be read, not just seen, and whose texts create their own sensory worlds. The combination creates a new vocabulary for the visual book.
The “House of Love” itself is the Taj Mahal, but the Taj Mahal as a recurring motif that stands for a range of meanings—meanings made up of the truths and lies of night and day, love and illusion, attachment and detachment.By Dayanita Singh
Dayanita Singh’s Museum of Chance is a book about how life unfolds, and asks to be recorded and edited, along and off the axis of time. The inscrutably woven photographic sequence of Singh’s Go Away Closer has now grown into a labyrinth of connections and correspondences. The thread through this novel like web of happenings is that elusive entity called Chance. It is Chance that seems to disperse as well as gather fragments or clusters of experience, creating a form of simultaneity that is realised in the idea and matter of the book, with its interlaced or parallel timelines and patterns of recurrence and return. The eighty-eight quadratone images in the book will also appear on the front and back covers in random pairs, transforming each copy of the book into a distinct piece of work by the author.By Dayanita Singh, texts by Aveek Sen
In Dream Villa Singh explores how the night transforms what seems ordinary by day into something mysterious and unsettling. This series of colour photographs presents a landscape which exists as much in the artist’s imagination as in the real world. Singh travels to many different cities never knowing where Dream Villa or its inhabitants will present themselves. It is a place where nothing is quite as it seems to be – it comes alive at night, when all is lit by artificial light and the moon is just ornamentation.By Dayanita Singh
‘I like the word ‘unpleasant’’ says UK-born, Indian contemporary artist Bharti Kher, whose heterogeneous oeuvre of work comprises painting, sculpture and installation.
She works primarily with representations of the female body and plays with the varied roles of women in society and culture. In her work from the last twenty years, time and again we see the motif of the bhindi, the dot painted on the forehead between the eyebrows that comes from Hindu tradition.
Chimera, the title of the exhibition at the Kunsthaus Pasquart in Biel, can be understood in relation to mythology as well as genetics. Bharti Kher sees her artistic practice as the search for the chimera, and in her works she hovers on the dividing line between reality and illusion.
Her monumental pieces encompass ideas of identity, social roles and gender. In interplay with clear references to the anatomy of humans and animals, they trigger strong emotions in observers such as alarm, confusion, shock or amusement.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Bharti Kher: Chimeras at Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart Biel/Bienne (26 June – 28 August 2018).Written by Aveek Sen, Susan Silas, Chrysanne Stathacos
7.8 x 10 inches
Published on occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Freud Museum from September to November 2016, ‘This Breathing House’ offers an intimate view of Indian artist Bharti Kher‘s installation in Sigmund Freud’s final home in London.
Following a foreword from the museum’s director, the essay by Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator of the Hayward Gallery, explores Kher’s work, its themes and dialogue with its setting. The essay, separated into enumerated sections, unfolds the vivid and history-laden artworks, interpreting their forms while also leaving room for interpretation. Quotes feature from the artist herself as well as Sigmund and Anna Freud, Gaston Bachelard, Georges Didi-Huberman and Maggie Nelson among others. Replete with installation views as well as detail shots of individual works, the publication reads like a thoughtful measured walkthrough of the exhibition itself.Text by Stephanie Rosentha, foreword by Carol Seigel
London-born, Delhi-based Bharti Kher is becoming known for her evocative, layered sculptures and paintings, which explore identity and multiplicity. Featured here is a series inspired by a 1928 autopsy of a blue sperm whale, which Kher has spun into imagery conflating Indian traditions with gothic, punk and camp elements.Text by Ranjit Hoskote
"Nature Made Opulent"
With the emphasis placed firmly on showcasing Lindsay's unique style of embroidered art, this coffee table book also provides an insight into her life journey – the evolution of her work, her inspiration, and methods she uses.
After her first exhibition, Lindsay's career started to develop and she became an elected member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Lindsay's work continues to evolve, and she is now a well-established and highly respected designer-maker whose work is exhibited in prestigious galleries throughout the UK.By Lindsay Taylor
Published in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, this engrossing book accompanies an exhibition the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Raphael and the Pope’s Librarian brings together for the first time one of the most fascinating works in the museum’s collection – the Gardner Museum’s portrait of papal librarian Tommaso Inghirami – and a painting from the Vatican Museums depicting an episode in his life. This book tells the story of the first Raphael in America and explores Inghirami’s fascinating career.
Nearly five centuries after his death in 1520, Raphael’s fame remains undiminished. According to the celebrated writer Henry James, Raphael’s work was “semi-sacred.” Gilded Age American collectors swooned over his iconic religious images. They feverishly tried and failed to acquire Raphael’s rare paintings in a market flooded with copies, and the occasional forgery.
Isabella Stewart Gardner was the first collector to bring a work by Raphael to America, where she named an entire gallery of her new Boston museum after the Renaissance master and installed many of her most celebrated works of art around his portrait of the rotund cleric Tommaso Inghirami.
Raphael and the Pope’s Librarian (October 31, 2019 - January 30, 2020) is part of the Close Up exhibition series, each installment of which sheds new light on an outstanding work of art in the permanent collection.By Nathaniel Silver and Ingrid Rowland
First published in French in 1994, quickly acclaimed as a photobook classic and since republished and enhanced, True Stories returns for the sixth time, gathering a series of short autobiographical texts and photos by acclaimed French artist Sophie Calle, this time with four new tales. Calle's projects have frequently drawn on episodes from her own life, but this book—part visual memoir, part meditation on the resonances of photographs and belongings—is as close as she has come to producing an autobiography, albeit one highly poetical and fragmentary, as is characteristic of her work. The tales—never longer than a page—are by turns lighthearted, humorous, serious, dramatic or cruel. Each is accompanied by an image; each offers a fragment of life.
The slim, portable volume is divided into sections: the first is composed of various reflections on objects such as a shoe, a postcard or "the breasts"; the second, "The Husband," of recollections of episodes from Calle's first marriage; and the third gathers a variety of autobiographical recollections. Calle herself is the author, narrator and protagonist of her stories and photography; her words are somber, chosen precisely and carefully. One of the 21st century's foremost artists, Calle here offers up her own story—childhood, marriage, sex, death—with brilliant humor, insight and pleasure.
By Sophie Calle
Published by Actes Sud, 2018
4 x 7.5 inches
This book is about how women artists have depicted women in art over the last 30-40 years. It is not a feminist diatribe but a rich, varied and exciting overview of the many different media and approaches that women have used to create images of themselves and other women that are different from the ways in which male artists perceive and have depicted women in art.
There are six chapters beginning with an "historic" chapter starting in the 1970s which sets the artistic and cultural context for the period that followed up to the present. The remaining chapters cover the themes of life, death, body/self, icons and story.
Each of the 200 women artists is represented by one work of art. There is an international mix of artists, ranging from the well established to the lesser known. The result is a visually stimulating and eloquent book.
11.5 x 8.3 inches
A beautifully illustrated volume which explores one of the central themes of Christian Art: Christ as the Man of Sorrows, Passion in Venice: Crivelli to Tintoretto and Veronese draws on works by some of the of the greatest names in Venetian painting including Veronese, Tintoretto, Crivelli, Giambono and the Bassano family. It creates a new and illuminating context for these great masters by considering their work alongside contemporary works in other media, and from other parts of Western Europe, including Tuscany, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.Edited by Catherine R. Puglisi and William L. Barcham
Few artists of the fifteenth century are as revered today as Piero della Francesca (c.1413-92). The favorite artist of many painters and sculptors of our own time, he is admired especially for the balance of his compositions, the geometric perfection of his forms and the emotional coolness of his style.
The secret of these qualities lies in part in Piero's achievements as a mathematician, one of the greatest of his age, and the author of three treatises on the subject. Yet most of his paintings were commissioned to serve a religious function and were appreciated by his contemporaries for their spiritual value.
In this comprehensive survey, which benefits from superlative new photography of recently cleaned frescos, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin presents detailed analyses of all of Piero's surviving works. Situating his paintings within the context of early Renaissance art, religion and politics, she skillfully links past and present to offer an understanding of the artist's timeless appeal.Written by Marilyn Aronberg Lavin
Designing a Garden presents Michael Van Valkenburgh’s concept and execution of the Monk’s Garden, an intimate, walled site immediately adjacent to Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Venetian palazzo on the Fenway. Devoted to horticulture and music as well as Old Master paintings and sculpture, Mrs. Gardner planted multiple gardens on the site herself. Van Valkenburgh’s design aims to interpret the museum’s meandering gallery layout, and the rich colors and textures of its idiosyncratic collection, in a contemporary landscape context.
A small-scale, dreamlike woodland, the garden is composed of approximately sixty trees including Stewartia, paperbark maple, and gray birch, that establish a detail-rich palette of colors and textures suitable for intimate appreciation. Winding paths, paved in a striking combination of black brick and reflective mica schist, meander through the trees in the Olmstedian tradition that invites a gentle pace and contemplation.
Van Valkenburgh’s text explores the origins of his love of landscape and plants in his family farm in Upstate New York and moves through the designing of the Monk’s Garden, focusing on the experiential nature of the process and the challenges and satisfactions of the small scale and the historic and cultural context.
By Michael Van Valkenburgh
Published by The Monacelli Press, 2019
7.5 x 9.5 inches
An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.By Jamie Bernstein
$17.99Danijel Zezelj: The United States of America, 2022.
$35.00In 1925, the 22-year-old Kenneth Clark (1903–1983) and the legendary art critic and historian Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) met in Italy. From that moment, they began a correspondence that lasted until Berenson’s death at age 94. This book makes available, for the first time, the complete correspondence between two of the most influential figures in the 20th-century art world, and gives a new and unique insight into their lives and motivations. The letters are arranged into ten chronological sections, each accompanied by biographical details and providing the context for the events and personalities referred to. They were both talented letter writers: informative, spontaneous, humorous, gossipy, and in their frequent letters they exchanged news and views about art and politics, friends and family life, collectors, connoisseurship, discoveries, books read and written, and travel. Berenson advised Clark on his blossoming career, warning against the museum and commercial art worlds while encouraging his promise as a writer and interpreter of the arts. Above all, these letters trace the development of a deep and intimate friendship.
$28.00This “lively biography” (The New Yorker) is the first to tell the story of Julia Ward Howe as a powerful feminist pioneer.
Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. The masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.
In Stealing Rembrandts, art security expert and the Gardner's Head of Security Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums.
There are robbers who coolly walk off with multi million dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.
Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.
By Anthony M. Amore, Head of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Tom Mashberg
Published by St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Karl Stevens uses the graphic novel to dissect the line between the worlds of high and low art. While working as a museum guard he contemplates the plight of his aesthetic choices, and how they have affected his life thus far. Where is his place as an artist? How has his world changed since he met his wife and muse Alex? Has he become boring since he quit drinking? Painted visions of autobiographical reality swing into experiments with fantasy and science fiction.
Karl Stevens has written four graphic novels, and his comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice, and Boston Phoenix. His work has been well received all around, and The Lodger was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.
Written and Illustrated by Karl Stevens
Published by Retrofit Comics LLC, 2018
7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
$21.95In terms of antiquarian fame, the Farnese Sarcophagus – elaborately carved with satyrs and maenads gathering grapes – may be the most important work of art in the Gardner collection, and perhaps of its type in America. A large, rectangular coffin of Pentelic marble, the Farnese Sarcophagus was exported from Athens to the area of Rome in the late Severan period, between c. 222 and 235 AD. The carving of the satyrs and maenads was especially suited to the artistic tastes of Mannerist and Baroque Rome, providing one of the most elegant examples of Greek imperial optic elongation to have survived from ancient times.
Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara. Vittoria has long been celebrated by scholars of Michelangelo as the artist’s best friend—the two of them exchanged beautiful letters, poems, and works of art that bear witness to their intimacy—but she also had close ties to Charles V, Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione, Pietro Aretino, Queen Marguerite de Navarre, Reginald Pole, and Isabella d’Este, among others. Vittoria was the scion of an immensely powerful family in Rome during that city’s most explosively creative era. Art and literature flourished, but political and religious life were under terrific strain. Personally involved with nearly every major development of this period—through both her marriage and her own talents—Vittoria was not only a critical political actor and negotiator but also the first woman to publish a book of poems in Italy, an event that launched a revolution for Italian women’s writing. Vittoria was, in short, at the very heart of what we celebrate when we think about sixteenth-century Italy; through her story the Renaissance comes to life anew.
By Ramie Targoff
Published by Macmillan, 2018
6.4 x 1.1 x 5.3 inches