The magnificent Venetian-style palazzo that houses this museum was home to ‘Mrs Jack’ Gardner herself until her death in 1924. A monument to one woman’s taste for acquiring exquisite art, the Gardner is filled with some 2500 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings. The four-story greenhouse courtyard is a masterpiece and a tranquil oasis that alone is worth the price of admission.
The most striking room on the 1st floor is the Spanish Cloister, with its Moorish arch framing John Singer Sargent's picture of a Gypsy dance.
On the 2nd floor, the Dutch room contains a self-portrait by Rembrandt and another portrait by Rubens. The majestic Tapestry Room evokes a castle hall, hung with 10 allegorical tapestries.
The 3rd floor contains the highlights of this rich collection, including the sumptuous Veronese Room. The museum's most celebrated gallery is the Titian Room, which is centered on the artist's famous rendition of Europa. Your final stop is the Gothic Room, featuring Sargent's remarkable portrait of Mrs Gardner herself.