Juliette Kayyem on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Gardner’s narrative of resiliency
The Boston Globe
March 19, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

“THE ITALIAN architect Renzo Piano, who designed the new building for Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, constructs for beauty, flow, and light. The museum’s addition is intended to preserve Gardner’s original home and her desire for an intimate visual experience, while providing more space. It is a way for an increasingly popular museum to update for the future. It is also a way for the museum to get over the past.

After all, the Gardner isn’t just any museum. Sunday marked the 22nd anniversary of the most expensive property theft in history when two men walked out of the museum with 13 masterpieces. Long gone are Rembrandt’s ‘Storm on the Sea of Galilee’ and Vermeer’s ‘The Concert.’

The theft is now a part of Gardner’s narrative, forever.”

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