Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Cloisters


I didn't get a chance to post these because of all of the activity around Easter. Two weeks ago, we took a trip to the Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park. This is my favorite museum for many reasons. I like medieval art and architecture. The Cloisters gives children a guide for looking at the artwork, engaging them by having them find the many beasts and monsters carved in stone and playing across tapestries.


Speaking of tapestries, this museum is the home of the Unicorn Tapestries, which is probably the best reason to visit. It's slightly unnerving with young children, but mine were very well behaved and didn't touch anything. I was a bit nervous taking pictures, but they said I could as long as I didn't use my flash. Flash photography can cause fading. I wanted to try to take pictures of the Book of Hours in the treasure room but my camera kept shining a red light on them, even with the flash off. I was certain a security guard was going to yell at me. Can a red light cause fading?


Outside is a cloistered garden. We need to go back when everything is green. I love this espaliered tree. I wonder if I could make one of those in my yard?


It was a wonderful visit, and I was thankful to have my mother along as I tend to get confused driving there. Too many twisty roads and turns to get me lost. Here is a nice shot of my mom with the kids.


Lostcheerio said...

Wow -- what BEAUTIFUL pictures. It looks like an amazing museum -- I'm so jealous!

Robin said...

Great pictures!
I've been reading your blog all morning and I'm quite enchanted. Thanks for giving me a lift on this dismal Virginia morning!

Inner Elder said...

It is always a joy to share the rich culture of New York City with you and my grandkids. Love, Mom/Grandma

TobyBo said...

congrats on spelling that espaliered thingy word. I had french, french, french and still would not want to take it on.

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Elizabeth askes, "Will you take us there when we come visit?"

PS: from your food sculptures...E is right now standing over the sink carving a canopic jar out of a 'tiny' left over easter egg. Practising for the real thing she says. ;-)

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