Gardner could not match the vast resources of collectors like J.P. Morgan or William Randolph Hearst. So how did she manage to put together a collection of such extraordinary quality?Explore the Stories Below
With insider advice from a friend, Gardner profited from the declining fortunes of an English lord.
A youthful self-portrait by a certain Dutch master was the object of Gardner's ambitious reach—and helped inspire her museum.Explore the Story
Gardner rarely had the luxury of seeing works in person before buying them, but this regal figure captured her attention.Explore the Story
Tighter international export rules made finalizing the purchase of one Italian masterpiece a Herculean effort.Explore the Story
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