LIBRARY: Natalie Dykstra at the Hudson Library [4/15]

Join the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. for an in-person author event with Natalie Dykstra, who will discuss her book Chasing Beauty

*Please note, this event is in person and registration is required to attend. To register, click here

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Museum, with its plain exterior enfolding an astonishing four-story Italian palazzo, rose from Boston’s Fens at the turn of the twentieth century. Its treasures encompassed not only masterwork paintings but tapestries, rare books, prints, porcelains, and fine furniture. An extraordinary achievement of storytelling and scholarship, Chasing Beauty illuminates the fascinating ways the museum and its holdings can be seen as a kind of memoir, dazzling and haunting, created with objects instead of words and displayed per Isabella’s wishes in the exact placements she initially curated. Featuring archival photos of Isabella’s world, museum, and the art she collected, Chasing Beauty is the story of the complex and singular woman behind one of the most fascinating museums in the nation and the world—a tale of beauty and loss, grit and American self-invention. 

Natalie Dykstra is the author of Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life. Her work on Isabella Stewart Gardner has won a Public Scholars Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an inaugural Robert and Ina Caro Research/Travel Fellowship sponsored by the Biographers International Organization. She is emerita professor of English and senior research professor at Hope College. 

Registration for this program is required. Copies of Chasing Beauty will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. 

Event date: 
Monday, April 15, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
96 Library St.
Hudson, OH 44236
Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner By Natalie Dykstra Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781328515759
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Published: Mariner Books - March 26th, 2024

The vivid and masterful story of Isabella Stewart Gardner—creator of one of America’s most stunning museums—an American original whose own life was remade by art. Includes archival photos of Isabella’s world, museum, and the art she collected.


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