Published: July 31st 2005June 5th 2005
The Cloisters, situated in beautiful Fort Tyrone Park in Upper Manhattan. The Cloisters is an extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art of medieval Europe. The Cloisters, opened in 1938, incorporates architectural monuments carefully transported from Europe and reconstructed in a building specifically designed to evoke rather than imitate the monasteries, churches and halls of medieval times.
Two hours is just enough time to engage your creative and imaginative faculties, and not enough time to soak in all the history. This is one of those places you find yourself running back to time and time again.
One of the attractive features in this museum were the gardens. The gardens of the Cloisters represent both real and ideal gardens of the Middle Ages. Archaeological investigations of medieval garden sites is relatively new, and historical records are thin.
The Cloister features the mysterious and world renown tapestry set called the "Hunt of the Unicorn". The commissioner of this weaving remains unknown. The tapestries were created presumably in Brussels, around 1500. The are some hints to the tapestries history woven in the design, the enigmatic initials of AE placed prominently in all the designs, inscriptions on the
Columns of varing designs and materials in a courtyard
hunter's horns, and a coat of arms on the collar of a dog in the first tapestry. Many theories have been proposed, none have been conclusively proved.
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