Abelardo Morell, gelatin silver print, Isabella in Little Salon, Gardner Museum, 1998. 24″ x 20″. Signed, titled and dated on verso. Photographer Abelardo Morell is intimately familiar with late 19th-century Boston cultural institutions. Three years before he was invited to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Gardner Museum in 1998, the Cuban-born, Boston-based artist had been in residence at the Boston Athenæum, where his photographs of rare printed books, including Piranesi’s L’Antichità Romane (1756-57) caught the eye of Gardner curator Jill Medvedow. Morell is known for his camera obscura photographs taken in a variety of rooms around the country and abroad. To create these Morell blacks out the windows and doors with dark plastic, in which he has made a small aperture. The light is bent when it is forced through this hole and the view outside the window is projected into the room upside down. Morell then sets up his own camera on a tripod, opens the shutter, and leaves for eight hours. The resulting images intermingle the outside and indoors. Here we see Morell reincarnate Isabella Stewart Gardner in her home.