The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture

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Home to an extraordinary collection of treasured masterworks, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. This splendid new guide, published to celebrate The Cloisters' seventy-fifth anniversary, richly illustrates and describes the most important highlights of its collection, from paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and exquisitely carved ivories to its monumental architecture evocative of the grand religious spaces and domestic interiors of ...

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Overview

Home to an extraordinary collection of treasured masterworks, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. This splendid new guide, published to celebrate The Cloisters' seventy-fifth anniversary, richly illustrates and describes the most important highlights of its collection, from paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and exquisitely carved ivories to its monumental architecture evocative of the grand religious spaces and domestic interiors of the Middle Ages. The Cloisters remains a testament to design innovation—a New York City landmark with sweeping views of the Hudson River—featuring original elements of Romanesque and Gothic architecture dating from the 12th through the 15th century. Three of the structures enclose beautiful gardens cultivated with species known from tapestries, medieval herbals, and other historic sources. These exotic spaces, the art masterpieces, and the fragrant plants offer visitors an oasis of serenity and inspiration. This book both encapsulates and enhances that experience.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
On the northern tip of Manhattan island sits a unique collection of art and architecture: the Cloisters, a 68-year-old branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that displays more than 5000 artifacts from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. This book, edited by Cloisters curator Barnet and museum educator Wu, serves as a descriptive guide to 127 of the key objects and architectural fragments that make up the core of the collection. After opening with a brief history of the collection's origin, the book lists each object's original date and provenance, its size, and the date it was added to the collection. The artwork is beautifully conveyed through 160 full-color photographs, and an additional 18 black-and-white illustrations depict select artifacts in their original settings. Included are a map of the Cloisters indicating the location of key architectural features, a glossary, and lists of both suggested readings and selected references. The endpapers provide a floor plan and location indicator of artifacts within the collection. Highly recommended for collections focusing on medieval studies, architecture, and decorative arts.-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300187205
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 75
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 391,859
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Barnet is the Michel David-Weill curator in charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. Nancy Wu is museum educator at The Cloisters.
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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword 7

Introduction Peter Barnet Nancy Wu 9

Note to the Reader 17

Map of The Cloisters 18

The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture 21

Glossary 183

Suggested Readings 191

Selected References 195

Acknowledgments 203

Index 204

Photograph Credits 210

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