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A Guided Tour Of The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's Medieval Art Museum In Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Upper Manhattan, Conducted By Its Director Philippe de Montebello, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 30 Minutes). #TheCloisters #MetCloisters #MetropolitanMuseumOfArt #FortTryonPark #Manhattan #MedievalArt #PhilippeDeMontebello #Architecture #Sculpture #Tapestries #MiddleAges #Art #ArtHistory #HistoryOfArt #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
A walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Cloisters, conducted by the longest serving director of any major art musuem Director of the Museum, Philippe de Montebello, through the architecture, statues, tapestries, handiwork and manifold art treasures of the medieval period, showcased in this documentary produced by the Museum in order to inform and invite the public it serves.
The Cloisters, also known as the Met Cloisters, is a museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, specializing in European medieval art and architecture, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it contains a large collection of medieval artworks shown in the architectural settings of French monasteries and abbeys. Its buildings are centered around four cloisters-the Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem, Bonnefont and Trie-that were acquired by American sculptor and art dealer George Grey Barnard in France before 1913, and moved to New York. Barnard's collection was bought for the museum by financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Other major sources of objects were the collections of J. P. Morgan and Joseph Brummer. The museum's building was designed by the architect Charles Collens, on a site on a steep hill, with upper and lower levels. It contains medieval gardens and a series of chapels and themed galleries, including the Romanesque, Fuentiduena, Unicorn, Spanish and Gothic rooms. The design, layout, and ambiance of the building are intended to evoke a sense of medieval European monastic life. It holds about 5,000 works of art and architecture, all European and mostly dating from the Byzantine to the early Renaissance periods, mainly during the 12th through 15th centuries. The varied objects include stone and wood sculptures, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts and panel paintings, of which the best known include the c. 1422 Early Netherlandish Merode Altarpiece and the c. 1495-1505 Flemish Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries. Rockefeller purchased the museum site in Washington Heights in 1930, and donated it and the Bayard collection to the Metropolitan in 1931. Upon its opening on May 10, 1938, the Cloisters was described as a collection "shown informally in a picturesque setting, which stimulates imagination and creates a receptive mood for enjoyment".