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What Isabella Wanted: Isabella Stewart Gardner Builds a Museum



by
Candace Fleming
illustrated by
Matthew Cordell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Neal Porter Books
ISBN
9780823442638
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From multiple award-winning author Candace Fleming and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell comes the true story of a woman who always got what she wanted: Isabella Stewart Gardner.

For years, the indomitable Isabella Stewart Gardner searched the world for magnificent artwork and filled her home with a truly unique collection, with the aim of turning it into a museum, which she established in 1903.

Isabella always did things her own way. One day she’d wear baseball gear to the symphony, the next, she’d be seen strolling down the street with zoo lions. It was no surprised that she was very particular about how she arranged her exhibits. They were not organized historically, stylistically, or by artist. Instead, they were arranged based on the connections Isabella felt toward the art, a connection she hoped to encourage in her visitors.

For years, her museum delighted generations of Bostonians and visitors with the collections arranged exactly as she wanted. But in 1990, a spectacular burglary occurred when two thieves disguised as police officers stole thirteen paintings, valued at $500 million, including a Rembrandt and a Vermeer. They have yet to be recovered, though a $10 million reward is still being offered for their safe return.

Author Candace Fleming perfectly captures Isabella’s inimitable personality and drive, accompanied by exuberant illustrations by Matthew Cordell.Information about Isabella Stewart Gardner, with art reproductions. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations created using pen and ink and watercolor.

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Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

708.144

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book, Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Boston, Massachusetts. Art collectors. Art theft. 

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