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Arts

Gardner Museum magazine: letter from the arts editor

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s expansion, designed by the famed architect Renzo Piano, was many years in the making.

What would Isabella do?

It’s a lush fall evening in the Fenway, unseasonably warm. Banquet tables are spread with fine china and brocade cloth from Italy. Dressed for her guests, Isabella Stewart Gardner has a moment to spare. She steps onto a southern balcony in her Venetian palazzo to gaze out at the grounds.

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