As promised, here are photographs of some of the glorious collections of medieval statues, stained glass, tapestries, etc. which are housed at The Cloisters in New York City.
Yesterday I posted photographs of the museum’s architecture and gardens; you can see them here.
I’ll start today’s post with a few room views:
and here are some tighter shots of some of the statues
The museum has a room of tombs
much stained glass
and a room filled with medieval treasures such as this ancient, intact glasswear:
There is a book available for purchase which details the art and architecture of The Cloisters beautifully.
And then, there are the famous Unicorn Tapestries. It is believed that these 7 tapestries were woven between the years 1495–1505.
According to Wikepedia, John D. Rockerfeller, Jr. bought them in 1922 for about one million US dollars, and donated them to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in 1937.
“They are among the most beautiful and complex works of art to survive from the Middle Ages.”
Here, showing detail of some of the tapestries:
Hard to believe these are woven, yes?
A lovely book specifically about the tapestries is available for purchase here.
And here you can watch a fascinating, short video of David Rockefeller talking about the tapestries, which hung in his family’s home when he was a child.
Be sure to visit The Cloisters and see the building, the gardens, and these magnificent, ancient items in person. The experience will give you goosebumps!