1860: Isabella Stewart marries John “Jack’’ Lowell Gardner Jr. in New York City. They move to Boston and begin living in the Back Bay.
1865: John Lowell III, the Gardners’ only child, dies at the age of 2.
1884: The Gardners visit the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice (right), which inspired the design of the Gardner Museum.
1891: Gardner’s father dies, leaving her $1.6 million. The next year, she acquires one of her first major artworks, Vermeer’s “The Concert.’’
1896: She acquires Titian’s “Europa,’’ and she and her husband decide to create a museum.
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