Beginning in 1884, Isabella Gardner -- founder of Boston's Isabella Stewert Gardner Musuem -- used to travel frequently with her husband John to Venice, where they would religiously stay at the Palazzo Barbaro and hang out with the likes of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, James McNeill Whistler, Henry James, Robert Browning, and Claude Monet. The Barbaro actually became the inspiration for the Gardner Museum itself, both physically, with its Venetian Gothic architecture, and spiritually, as a place populated by "artists, poets, musicians, and thinkers".
Her journeys are celebrated in a new and novel exhibit at the Gardner in Boston called Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle, running through August 15th. And as you would expect, there's much in the way of Venetian themed art from the above-menioned members of the circle, and more. According to a squib in Business Week, they are even opening the mysterious, ever-closed 4th floor for the event.
I'm now living in California (as of last month), so I'll have to sneak over to the Gardner on my next trip to NYC (every few weeks or so).