The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart GardnerBy Douglass Shand-Tucci
- Author: Douglass Shand-Tucci
- Binding: Paperback
- Published: 1998-11-01
-- Diane Wood Middlebrook, "New York Times Book Review" (front page review)
"This intimate engrossing biography finally gives the creator of one of the world's great museums credit for her achievements. . . . The author's expertise in American cultural history greatly enriches his narrative."
"-- The New Yorker"
"It's the unauthorized story of the grandest of Boston's grand dames that any sentient person wants to read. "The Art of Scandal" has a delightful sense of the city that once was the Athens of America."
-- Alex Beam, "Boston Globe"
"He dares to paint in words the woman John Singer Sargent painted on canvas. . . . She is always engagingly human and brimming with life."
-- Daniel Aaron, "The New Republic"
"Gardner's heretofore fugitive life story is riveting because Shand-Tucci turns out to be erudite, witty, and wise. . . . Shand-Tucci describes her adventures, eccentricities, and resounding success as a muse, mentor, patron, and designer, shedding light on a singular woman and her influential role in the evolution of American culture."