The Cloisters (New York, NY) : View along the entry road, looking northeast

Published/Created:
Fort Tryon Park, New York, New York, United States
1934-1938
Date Depicted:
10/5/2007
1900 AD - 1949 AD
Notes:
The Cloisters collection (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) contains approximately five thousand European medieval works of art, with a particular emphasis on pieces dating from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries. Among the famous works of art held at the Cloisters are seven south Netherlandish tapestries depicting The Hunt of the Unicorn,and Robert Campin's Mérode Altarpiece. The Cloisters also holds many medieval manuscripts and illuminated books, including the Limbourg brothers' Les Belles Heures du Duc de Berry and Jean Pucelle's book of hours for Jeanne d'Evreux. The building housing the collection is itself a work of medieval art. It is a composite structure, incorporating elements from five medieval French cloisters: Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville. These disassembled European buildings were reassembled in Fort Tryon Park (1934-1938) in a setting with gardens planted according to horticultural information culled from various medieval documents and artifacts. Notable works of architecture include the Cuxa cloister, with an adjacent Chapter House; and the Fuentidueña Apse from a chapel in the province of Segovia (Castilla y León, Spain). The museum is largely due to two collectors and patrons; John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and George Grey Barnard, an American sculptor and assiduous collector of medieval art.
Variant Titles:
Metroplitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters (New York, NY)
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Twentieth century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A2-US-NY-TC-A5
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
cloisters (AAT)
exhibition buildings: art museums (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; historical; Gardens; reconstruction; composite building construction buildings; exhibition buildings; museums; art museums; complexes; sites (locations); historic sites
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Three
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
10/5/2007
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10158933
PID:
digcoll:1792297