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07 May 2010 @ 03:58 pm
NYC photos - best of the Cloisters  
The first day I was in New York, I went to the Pierpoint Morgan Library to look at the Catherine of Cleves Hours. Sadly, no photos were allowed, so my museum-going pictures begin with the Cloisters on Thursday.



A View of The Cloisters
Cloisters gardens 1


One of my favorite pieces of the whole trip - such an active little Christ-child!
Virgin and Child (Germany, 1510-15, Limewood and paint) Cloisters
Virgin and Child (Germany, 1510-15, Limewood and paint)


And winning the creepy-but-cool prize:
Reliquary for a Saint's Head (Brussels, early 16th c, Oak, paint, and gilding) CloistersReliquaries for Saints' Heads (Brussels, early 16th c, Oak, paint, and gilding) Cloisters
Reliquaries for Saints' Heads (Brussels, early 16th c, Oak, paint, and gilding)

The fibers they had at The Cloisters were amazing. Rather than yet more pictures of the Unicorn Tapestries, here's some stuff from the Treasury:
Embroidered hanging of Old Testiment scenes(Germany, late 14th c, Silk on linen ground) CloistersEmbroidered hanging detail 1 CloistersEmbroidered hanging detail 2 Cloisters
Embroidered hanging of Old Testament scenes(Germany, late 14th c, Silk on linen ground) Cloisters

Embroidered Tree of Jesse (England, 14th c, Linen ground with silk and metallic embroidery) CloistersEmbroidered Tree of Jesse detail 1 Cloisters
Embroidered Tree of Jesse (England, 14th c, Linen ground with silk and metallic embroidery)

View of a hall in the Cloisters
A sculpture hall in The Cloisters

Effigy of a Lady - showing a knife, purse, and needlecase (Normandy, mid 13thc, Limestone) Cloisters
Effigy of a Lady - showing a knife, purse, and needlecase (Normandy, mid 13thc, Limestone) Cloisters

St Margaret (South Tirol (now Italy), 1470-80, pine with traces of paint and gesso) Cloisters
St Margaret (South Tirol (now Italy), 1470-80, pine with traces of paint and gesso) Cloisters

Cloisters gardens 2
looking out into the Gardens

St Barbara (France, 1470-90, Limewood and paint) Cloisters
St Barbara (France, 1470-90, Limewood and paint)
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nearlyvalkyrie: Irisnearlyvalkyrie on May 7th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Pretty pretty pretty! Thank you for sharing!

I went to College in NYC, and had the great good fortune to visit the Cloisters just after Easter once - the atrium collonade was FULL of daffodils and easter lilies, and they had beautiful chant music piped in over the loudspeakers. Part of me objected to the sound system, but it went so well with the setting and the atmosphere, it was easy to forgive.
DameJ: CAM25damej on May 8th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
I love the Cloisters. In early August, the herb garden smells fantastic. I've never visited in the Spring, though.