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Back in 1841, shoe manufacturer-turned-art dealer, Joseph Vose opened up a humble gallery in Rhode Island. Over the centuries, six generations of the Vose family have carried this legacy forward. With around 150 museums across the country, the Vose Galleries are one of the most reputed and historic fine art curators in America. Specializing in realist art, the collection encompasses the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. Spread over five floors, the assortment of paintings and antiques are exhibited to convey an at-home setting. Playing a significant role in the trajectory of Boston's art scene, contemporary names like David Brega, Donald Demers and Constance Pach also feature on the impressive list of artists.
Established in the 1870s, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is one of the largest and finest art museums in the United States. This museum's collection is impressive and showcases the work of such masters as Monet and John Singer Sargent. The MFA also has outstanding collections of Impressionist art, early American art and artifacts, and Asian and Egyptian art. The museum regularly hosts lectures, musical performances and films. End your visit with a refreshing coffee or a meal at one of the cafes and restaurants within the museum.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, heiress and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner built a home modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palace. Gardner was a great patroness of famous artists such as James Whistler and John Singer Sargent. She also acquired European masterpieces, and her palace is now a museum filled with works by Titian, Matisse, Rembrandt, and Raphael. The courtyard of the museum is a lush oasis filled with beautiful plants and flowers.