on June 18, 2000
Less overwhelming, but as impressive as the MFA, the collection is housed in the art patron's Italian-style villa. The central, indoor garden may be one of the most beautiful and romantic locations in the world. Unfortunately, Gardner's collection was burglarized a few years back, and the thieves have yet to be apprehended; in place of the missing Rembrandts and a Vermeer, emtpy frames hang on the walls, a ghostlike reminder that you have just stepped into the scene of a crime. Even without these works though, the collection of paintings is worth viewing, particularly for their setting.
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