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The Cloisters – #MetMuseum in NYC – Part 2
This is a continuation from last week’s post from The Cloisters which is a branch of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, dedicated specifically to Medieval European art, architecture, gardens, and religious artifacts.
A lot of these are doors and doorways were culled from abandoned abbeys in Italy, France, and Spain.
The arches and stonework were carefully taken apart piece by piece, transported to New York and then painstakingly rebuilt onsite at the Cloisters.
As I mentioned last week, I was so marveled by what I was looking at I completely forgot to take pictures of the information signs, or even just note some of the key points like date and origins.
This one is actually just a modern exterior door but I liked the fading weathered look and colour, so I decided to include it 😉
This is the oldest one that I do remember, it dates back to the mid twelfth century and has the scars to prove it.
Because of their size and the fact that they were displayed fully opened, I couldn’t manage to fit this set of iron and wood doors fully into the frame, even with my wide-angle lens so I gave up trying; here’s the one that came out best.
Some of them are very simple
And others quite ornate.
Obviously in some cases it’s about the carvings in the archway and door frame
But all of them do deserve to be in a world class museum because they are true works of art.
If you appreciate this sort of stuff and you are ever in the New York City area, do yourself a favor and set aside part of a day to visit The Cloisters for yourself.
Not only will you see wonderful old doors, but tapestries, pottery, furniture, paintings and religious artifacts of breathtaking beauty.
As always I thank you for looking 🙂
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