Learn fascinating facts about John Singer Sargent on this comprehensive tour of his Boston haunts. An art historian will take you to Boston's Public Library, Museum of Fine Art, and the Gardner Museum to explore his influence on American Art.
What to Expect
The American painter John Singer Sargent was born in Italy and spent most of his professional life in Paris and London. However, his touchstone in the United States was Boston. It was here that he interacted with America's finest patrons and painted some of his greatest works, many of which still hang in the city's museums.
During this 3-hour walk you will explore the work and biography of Sargent, beginning at the Boston Public Library where he painted a series of murals. Though not considered among his top works, the murals mark Sargent's first encounter with Bostonian society, a relationship that would later prove influential to his career.
You will also visit the Museum of Fine Arts, or MFA, one of the country's most important art museums. The focus of attention is on the American art galleries and works from the late 19th-century, including early Impressionists, in order to place Sargent within a historical and social context. The MFA holds some of the most important works by Sargent, including an in-situ rotunda of his murals.
You will move to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Gardner was a prominent force in American art collecting and through her fascination with Venice - the museum is a recreation of a Venice palazzo - she came into contact with Sargent at the peak of his career, drawing him back to Boston to consult with her on acquisitions and paint portraits of her and her friends.
You will have free time to explore the Gardener Museum on your own and make use of the lovely café at the end of the this captivating history tour.
- Knowledgeable guide
- Boston Public Library visit
- Museum entrance (must be purchased at check-out for private tour, included in standard tour)
What's Not Included
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (adult $12, senior $10)
- Food and beverages
Meet at L'Aroma Cafe, which is at 85 Newbury Street, about 1.5 blocks from the Boston Public Library.
Know Before You Go
Guests are responsible for the admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Children are encouraged to join on this tour.
Private Tour Option:
Please note that a museum entrance must be purchased at check-out for every guest on this tour. If you do not purchase the entrance, you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be provided.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message. No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or at the emergency number provided).