“I envy you, who always, even at your worst, loved the game, whatever it might be, and delighted in playing it. How we others must bore you — old mummies like Henry James and me — who can see nothing in the game and only lunacy in the players . . .” - Henry Adams, in a letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from 1603 H Street, Washington, D.C., after 1906
Throughout her life, Isabella Stewart Gardner was a spirited competitor who enjoyed challenging games. As Gardner biographer Louise Hall Tharpe writes, Isabella was not worried about games in life or politics; rather, she was literally interested in games and the joy of entertainment. Explore Gift at the Gardner’s selection of puzzles, toys, and games for all ages which harken back to the Museum, its founder, and her love of entertainment. And remember: "Win as though you were used to it and lose as if you liked it."
Surprise your Grad with a fun and celebratory gift! Unwind layers of colorful crepe paper ribbons to reveal precious vintage-inspired keepsakes tucked carefully within this beautifully handmade surprise ball, especially themed for graduation.
Contains 12 prizes. Surprises inside vary and may include: a vintage-inspired toy, keepsake, charm, gem, sweets, confetti popper, fortune, temporary tattoo, quote and more.
Handmade by artisans in the USA
Contains small parts, not for children under 3 yrs
Twinkle & Shine Advent Calendar features festive illustrations of 25 ornaments, each containing a fact about holiday traditions from around the world. Countdown to Christmas with one window per day, December 1st through the 25th.
14 x 17 inches
25 window flaps with interior artwork
Embellished with glitter
Punched hole & ribbon
This set of four solid graphite pencils offers a variety of color options: chose from dark gray, light gray, silver, or gold to craft your masterpiece.
Each pencil features Museum's logo. The pencil case features a sketch from the Museum's archives of Thomas McKeller by John Singer Sargent. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Perfect for sketching in the Museum's Courtyard!
This set of six multicolored crayons is packaged with a band stamped with the Museum's name. Perfect for creating your own artwork, inspired by the many colors in our Courtyard!4.5 x 3 inches box
Garden of Poppies
John Appleton Brown, American, Massachusetts, 1844 - 1902, New York
This set of six dual-ended colored pencils is packaged with a beautiful band featuring Garden of Poppies by John Appleton Brown. Perfect for sketching in our magnificent Courtyard!
Aspiring ballet stars will fall in love with this appealing little sticker celebration, which serves not only as a source of decorative sticker fun but also as an accurate and entertaining guide to ballet positions. Twenty full-color peel-and-apply illustrations depict girls and boys in traditional ballet outfits correctly performing an arabesque, a sissonne, grand battement, grand jeté, pas de chat, pirouette, brisé vole, attitude penché (with partner), pas de bourrée, and more. Steps are identified and explained on the inside back cover. Sure to delight and inspire ballet stars of the future, these enchanting images will also add colorful touches to mirrors, windows, letters, lunch boxes, and other personal items.4.2 x 5.75 inches
Six popular designs for little hands: Cupid with bow and arrow, rebus-style message proclaiming "I (heart) you." Appealing, durable stencils for creating personalized greeting cards, and posters.4.2 x 5.75
Catastrophe! The Grand Museum of Art may have to close forever! The Museum Director just jumped ship, leaving behind an enormous hidden deficit.
It’s up to you and your fellow curators to increase visitor attendance and keep the museum running. To do this, you must present grandiose exhibitions that will attract crowds of visitors and fill the museum coffers to save the institution from financial ruin.
The curator with the most popular exhibitions will become the new Museum Director!
In the beginning every player has got a couple of art (painting) cards and also a couple of (secret) exhibition cards as goals to complete collections. Every exhibition card consist of art cards, but there are a lot of paintings that belong to more exhibitions. If a player collects every card of her/his exhibition card she/he gets more victory points than the independent cards have.
To collect cards players have to roll dice and move pawns, they can get cards (art or exhibition) in various forms, they can steel from each other, they can answer trivia about the paintings. At the end of the game the player with the most victory point wins the game.
Recommended for ages 12+
$15.99In 48 conversation cards, conscientious animals demonstrate responsible community behavior. Start a conversation about social responsibility! Good citizenship skills are an essential part of early education. Through Good Citizenship Conversation Cards, children will learn that they are part of a larger community, (whether family, school, country, or planet), and that responsibilities come with these relationships. These skills allow children to understand and enjoy a meaningful role in a social and ecological system larger than themselves.
Friendly animals show simple ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in these 48 cards that demonstrate answers to questions about relationships with the larger world. For example: Before you recycle containers? Rinse your recyclables!
Cultivate kind behavior, thoughtfulness, and respect for others. Contains 48 flash cards that present situations and ask for an appropriate response. Whether reinforcing rules or introducing children to unfamiliar situations, these cards inspire conversations about responsibilities and values. Parent cards describe ways to use the cards, and suggest ways to reinforce conscientiousness. Engaging animals respectfully sharing basic concepts were created by author and illustrator Saxton Freymann.
$18.95In 1892 an ancient villa was discovered just north of Rome, near the villa of Augustus’s wife Livia. Several well-preserved mosaic floors adorned the baths of the villa. Jack and Isabella Gardner inspected the mosaics in 1895 and purchased this floor in 1897. The delicate tracery of this mosaic resembles those made in Pompei around 25 AD (the late second or third style), but brick stamps indicate that it was laid a century later, during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
Get ready to color! There are literally hundreds of objects to color, decorate, trace, and count in the jumbo-sized 100 Coloring Book. Each spread offers 100 outline drawings of beasts and birds or buildings old and new, varieties of vehicles or yummy things to eat, distinctly diverse insects or all kinds of plants—every single object is different, and all they need is some creative flair to bring them to life. Dominika Lipniewska’s bold and graphic style invites children to look closely at the details that make every person, animal, plant, and object visually unique, and encourages them to use their own creativity to make the images even more individual.
By Dominika Lipniewska
Published by Tate Publishing, 2015
10.5 x 0.13 x 15.25 inches
The Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle is a simple tool for daily self-reflection and self-care. It will not predict the future and it won’t fix your problems for you. What it will do is help you to connect directly to your own inner wisdom, your intuition. Like a mirror reflecting back at you the truth of what’s in your heart. And what you will see reflected is not anything that you don’t already deeply know and understand—it is just that you may have forgotten this wisdom as you deal with the “realities” of everyday physical reality.
The Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle Deck will help inspire and support you on your own journey of healing and self-discovery with each card carrying a seed that will connect you with your inner wisdom, the earth and all beings living and growing here. As your understanding of the flowers, and the interconnectivity of all of nature deepens, so does your understanding of yourself. Understanding yourself is empowerment.3.5 x 5.5 inches
Practice your poker face or go fish in style! Whether you win or lose, the sleek design of the Celestial Heavens Playing Card Deck make even a bad hand look good! This is a standard poker size 52 card deck with a gold foil stamped tuck box and gold foil stamped card.
Canvas crunch time! Whose impasto impresses the most? Was Monet the greatest painter, or does Manet’s brushwork beat them all? Who was the greatest Renaissance wonder?
Pit thirty-two Old Masters against each other in a trump card battle encompassing hundreds of years of amazing art history and learn about the greatest artists ever to have lived!
4 x 2.5 inches
John Singer Sargent, American, 1856-1925
Images like El Jaleo lean toward the daring, risky, unconventional, dramatic, erotically off-center, and odd. Because nomadic groups were believed to ignore ethical principles and exalted superstition over orthodox religion, they endured oppression in numerous countries during the nineteenth century, but artists and bohemians idealized them as free spirits. Bizet's opera Carmen, first performed in Paris in 1875, scandalized the public with its tale of a proud, lusty Andalusian protagonist torn between an army officer and a toreador.
During his travels in Spain in 1879, Sargent was mulling over a major work of art in which he could express his love of Romani music, dance, and picturesque costumes. On his return to Paris, he set to work on a wide horizontal picture whose proportions simulated the shallow stage space of popular musical establishments. He named the painting El Jaleo to suggest the name of a dance, the jaleo de jerez, while counting on the broader definition of jaleo, which includes ruckus or hubbub. The painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1882 with the more explicit title El Jaleo: Danse des gitanes (Dance of the Gypsies).
The best evidence of his own excited reactions to live dance performances can be found in the pencil sketches of a Spanish woman that he included in an album assembled for Isabella Stewart Gardner. They are among his fastest, most intuitive works. In one drawing, a torrent of fast hard lines suggests the twisting shawl from which a majestic neck and outstretched vamping arms emerge.
This 300 piece puzzle features John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo, displayed prominently in the Spanish Cloister at Fenway. The puzzle comes in a paperboard box featuring Sargent's work, so you can safely store your puzzle.
Puzzle measure 11 x 17 inches
Take home a piece of Isabella's Courtyard with this puzzle!
This 300 piece puzzle features the Fenway Courtyard with its annual nasturtium display. The puzzle comes in a paperboard box so you can safely store your puzzle.
Photograph by Clements & Howcroft, 2009
Puzzle measure 11 x 17 inches
$38.00At night, the tooth fairy spreads fairy dust, collects baby teeth, brings treats, and always makes sure you have sweet dreams. The Tooth Fairy Mouse is dressed magically in a gold tutu with a shiny hat, and a sparkly backpack to store teeth. Includes a matchbox and a metal tooth box.
$32.00All hail the Big Brother Prince Mouse! Long may he reign. The Big Brother Prince mouse comes dressed in his finest attire fit for the royal palace. A faux fur dotted capelet, brown spotted trousers, and a golden crown atop his head.
$15.95Aurelia’s inspiration dates back to Paris in the 1700s. The original binding housed copies of King Louis XV’s procedures for Holy Week. This design is a marvelous riot of gold-tooled rococo elements, featuring birds, flowers and leaves.
This 300 piece puzzle features Piermatteo d'Amelia's The Annunciation, displayed prominently in the Raphael Room of the Museum.
The painting was made for the main altar of the Franciscan church in Amelia, a small town in Umbria near Spoleto. Since 1900, the painting has borne many different attributions, and was long known simply as the work of the Master of the Gardner Annunciation, but documents now indicate that the artist is Piermatteo d’Amelia, a pupil and assistant of Filippo Lippi.
The puzzle comes in a paperboard box featuring d'Amelia's work, so you can safely store your puzzle.
Puzzle measure 11 x 17 inches
Embellish your letters in the medieval style with the Peter Pauper illuminated letters sketchbook. This art journal provides detailed tips and tutorials to help you enhance and bring your letters to life with floral motifs, Gothic patterns, or the Celtic knot-work. You can use this art notebook to practice and improve your calligraphy skills.Designed by Jane Sullivan
From the author of Floriography comes a gorgeously illustrated oracle deck and guidebook inspired by the magic of woodland flora and fauna.
Drawing on mythology, folklore, and literature, each card in the Woodland Wardens deck features an animal-plant pairing accompanied by a distinct and thoughtful message: the hare and the oak; the finch and the peach; the hawk and the thistle. Each unique combination, brought to life in artist Jessica Roux’s detailed, historically evocative style, transports seekers to another time and place, offering insight, guidance, and an invitation to reflect on the natural world.
Illustrated by Jessica Rous
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2022