The Cloisters Gardens and Museums, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is devoted to the architecture and art of medieval Europe. It incorporates architectural elements from both religious and domestic structures dating from the 12th to 15th century and contains 4 cloisters, 3 of which contain gardens.
Cuxa Cloister, the main decorative garden, is divided into quadrants. Planned as a simple garth garden, with a foundation at its heart, it contains new cultivars as well as wonderful species. The Cloister Bonnefont garden is house to many species of herbs famous in the middle ages. They are developed in raised beds according to use in cooking, magic, medicine, crafts and arts.
The Trie Cloister, in which the Museum café is placed, also have a garden with a central foundation and a display of plants native to the woodlands, fields, and streambanks of medieval Europe. In the chill months, potted plants, many of the sweet-smelling, remain on show in different cloisters. The Museum is furnished with herbs, evergreens and fruits from start of December until mid-January.
History and attractions
The Cloisters Museum locates in Upper Manhattan Fort Tryon Park on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. The garden and museum building around it covers about 4 acres.
The museum was designed by Charles Collens, the same architect who made NYC Riverside Church.
The museum houses approximately 5000 words of art from Medieval Europe, particularly the 12th through the 15th century. A portion of the set belonged to John D. Rockefeller, who gave a gift to the Museum of Art in order to establish this fresh museum, which was done in 1938.
There is some amazing doorways around the cloister. At the finish of this passage, this door is from Poitiers in France and dates back to the fifteen century. The pointed arch was frequently used to furnish the doorways and make them look larger than they actually were.
The Late Gothic Hall has a wonderful tapestry from the Burgos Catherdral. It has been remarkably stored by the Museums Textile Conservation Department who left a little portion in the actual condition so as comparisons could be made. It is extremely difficult to find.
The Cloisters presents a range of unique events for the general public during the course of the year, including family workshops, medieval festivals, gallery talks, garden tours, and concerts.