Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle

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At the end of the nineteenth century, a remarkable group of artists, writers and patrons gathered regularly at the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, Italy. While Venice had long attracted wealthy tourists from across Europe and America, a particularly rich expatriate culture flourished at this time. In the 1880s, Daniel and Ariana Curtis of Boston purchased and restored the Palazzo Barbaro, where they lived in self-imposed exile. The Palazzo eventually became the center of a fascinating circle of American and English ...

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Overview

At the end of the nineteenth century, a remarkable group of artists, writers and patrons gathered regularly at the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice, Italy. While Venice had long attracted wealthy tourists from across Europe and America, a particularly rich expatriate culture flourished at this time. In the 1880s, Daniel and Ariana Curtis of Boston purchased and restored the Palazzo Barbaro, where they lived in self-imposed exile. The Palazzo eventually became the center of a fascinating circle of American and English personalities living in Venice: the poet Robert Browning; Katharine de Kay Bronson of Newport, a writer greatly interested in local Venetian craft; Sir Austen Henry Layard, an archaelogist and an important collector of Renaissance paintings. Isabella and John Gardner, also of Boston, rented the Palazzo Barbaro every other year, beginning in 1884. A myriad of fascinating figures such as the painters John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler and Claude Monet; the connoisseur Bernhard Bereson;

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  • ISBN-13: 9780914660217
  • Publisher: Isabella Stewart Gardiner
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.45 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : "romance and art and history"
A sentimental traveler : Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice 3
"A most singular, original and entertaining couple" : Daniel and Ariana Curtis in Boston and Venice 53
Artistic life in Venice 87
"Figures reflected in the clear lagoon" : Henry James, Daniel and Ariana Curtis, and Isabella Stewart Gardner 129
John Singer Sargent's fountain of youth 155
A Venetian courtyard in Boston 177
The Palazzo Barbaro before the Curtises 191
My Barbaro 203
The Palazzo Barbaro circle : biographies 214
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