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!
By Melvin Moti with Douglas Ross and Runa Islam
Published by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2012
8 x 0.3 x 7.25 inches
If Rembrandt's career had ended in 1631, before the 25-year-old artist moved from his native town of Leiden to the booming metropolis of Amsterdam, how would history remember him? This is the theme of Rembrandt Creates Rembrandt.
Rembrandt's work in Leiden was already extraordinarily creative and intensely dramatic. In the years 1629 to 1631, the artist struggled to master different genres and techniques. He worked with Jan Lievens and took his first known pupil, Gerrit Dou. By the time he decided to seek his fortune in Amsterdam, his work had already achieved a unique and profound sense of color, light, and human emotion.
Rembrandt Creates Rembrandt includes contributions by Alan Chong, Arthur Wheelock, Christopher White, and Mariët Westermann.
Published by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2000
10.1 x 0.7 x 11.9 inches
With an almost Surrealist sensibility for collage and lyrical combinations and juxtapositions, the artist Su-Mei Tse experiments with free-form narrative to share the works and references that have inspired her on her creative path.
This artist book layers a variety of images with notes and quotes selected by Tse. It was published in conjunction with her exhibition, Floating Memories.
Born in Luxembourg, based also in Paris and Berlin, Su-Mei Tse has gained international recognition with her videos, photographs, sculptures, and installation works, which often incorporate sound and musical components. Her work explores the nature of perception and temporality, and urges viewers towards moments of deep introspection.
By Su-Mei Tse, edited by Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Published by Charta/Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2010
6 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
Cassoni is the Italian word for the chests, painted with scenes from myth and literature, central to upper-class weddings of the 15th century. Little known today, cassoni deserve recognition as masterworks of the Renaissance. Botticelli, Pesellino and other superlative artists painted them, and they are precious early examples of the mythopoetic subjects that would form the core of European art until the 20th century.
The essays in this book shed new light on the meaning of cassoni through informative discussions of Renaissance wedding rituals, male-female relations and daily domestic life. A catalog section on cassoni in the exhibition that this book accompanies provides a unique guide to the stories of love, marriage and politics depicted on these sumptuous objects.
By Cristelle Louise Baskins, Jacqueline Musacchio, and Adrian W Randolph
Published by Pittsburgh Gutenberg Periscope Publishing, 2008
8.7 x 1 x 11.3 inches
Throughout the millennia, myths of the ancient Greeks, altered, amended, and enriched, have served as touchstones of European civilization.
The exhibition Passionate Acts in Greek Art and Myth explores the theme of myths as expressions of emotion and sentiment in antiquity and later periods.
By Hilliard T. Goldfarb, with forward by Anne Hawley, former Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner
Published by the Trustees of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1993
10.6 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches