Monday, April 26, 2010

The Illuminating Cloisters

On a rainy Sunday, we decided to visit The Cloisters, part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Washington Heights. The grounds, structure and collection are inspirational: a stone fortress filled with stylized Medieval art and craft. Astoundingly, we never gave much thought to stained glass when we happen upon it in our journeys, but with even limited light yesterday, these 15th century works illuminated the stone rooms with color; their figures taking on an unearthly glow.

A chamber of art and sculpture from the Middle Ages at The Cloisters

The Virgin of the Apocalypse, Germany, approx. 1480

The Circumcision

Man of Sorrows [detail], Master of Launtenbourg, Rhineland, approx. 1480

Man of Sorrows

Mourning Virgin [detail], Master of Lautenbourg, Rhineland, approx. 1480

Mourning Virgin

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