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Isabella Stewart Gardner letters to Bernard Berenson, 1887-1924

Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924

Collector, Art patron


Collection Information

Size: 1 Reel, ca. 400 items (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Letters from Isabella Stewart Gardner to Berenson and his wife, Mary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art historian, critic, collector, and teacher; Florence, Italy. First name often spelled Bernhard. Was "discovered" by Isabella Stewart Gardner immediately after his graduation from Harvard. As a patron of the fine arts, Gardner financed Berenson's travels in Italy to collect Italian Renaissance art for the Venetian palazzo she re-created in Boston. Berenson bought Villa I Tatti, his home in Florence, before the Second World War. During the war he and his wife and his personal secretary were exiles in the villa for several years. He lived there until his death where upon he bequeathed it to Harvard University.


Microfilm copy lent by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 1974. AAA duplicated the microfilm for its own collections. Microfilm labeled Isabella Stewart Gardner papers.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 699 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Isabella Stewart Gardner letters to Bernard Berenson, 1887-1924. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.