Upon first meeting Anders Zorn, Isabella Stewart Gardner said, “Oh my! I have the feeling we’ll either be enemies quite soon or very, very good friends forever.”
Zorn’s exultant portrait of the charismatic collector portrays her on the balcony of the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, enjoying a fireworks display. In addition to Zorn and his wife, Gardner invited several other 19th century notables along on her Venetian sojourn, including Edith Wharton, Henry James, John Singer Sargent, and Claude Monet! Now on view.
Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920). Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice, 1894. Oil on canvas. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Photos © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston / The Bridgeman Art Library