|Emilie, The Tenth Muse…The One Who Sees|
|Isabella Stewart Gardner|
(1888) John Singer Sargent
Mrs. Gardner's head is surrounded by a mandorla patterned after a tapestry in the Gardner museum collection. In keeping with this regal addition, I re-imagined Emilie's mandorla as a halo of brushes, befitting the muse of the visual arts.
During her lifetime, these works were beautifully displayed in her private home…really a mansion… which she bequeathed as her legacy, to become the magnificent Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It ranks among the best private museums in the world and is a “must-see” even in Boston, the land of “must-sees!” Its just around the corner from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, but don't plan to make a day of it…make at least two days of it.