Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Anne Hawley gets her way, destroys part of Gardner legacy

Above is an image of the Gardner Museum carriage house in mid-demolition last week, as ordered by the museum's director, Anne Hawley, and approved by its Board. At left, an image of the building as it appeared at the time of Mrs. Gardner's death, in 1924. Below, a photograph of the source of the design, a building in Altamura, Italy. "Altamura" was a fictional utopia devoted to art, dreamed up in an essay by collector Bernard Berenson, which served as Mrs. Gardner's inspiration for her museum. For more poignant imagery of the legacy that the Gardner Board has taken from us forever, visit "bu1459's" photostream at flickr.

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