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By Melissa Ozawa
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is the singular creation of its founder, a woman who had an indelible passion for art -- and life.
For more than a century, the courtyard has come alive each spring with hanging nasturtiums, sometimes 30 feet in length.
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The walls of the Veronese Room are decorated with painted leather panels.
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The Flemish tapestry Abraham Receives Rebecca hangs above a 19th-century sofa.
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Titian’s Europa was a favorite of Gardner’s: “Every inch of paint in the picture is filled with joy,” she once said.
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A marble statue of Artemis in the courtyard.
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A conservator examines a painted and gilded basswood statue of a magus from the Gothic Room.
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A portrait of Pope Innocent X hangs in the Tapestry Room.
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Each mother-of-pearl inlay of this 16th-century Italian lute is gently cleaned.
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A Venetian armchair from the 1770s.