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The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary

Parker, Elizabeth C.

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ISBN 10: 0870996355 / ISBN 13: 9780870996351
Published by MMA, NY, 1992
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Title: The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the ...

Publisher: MMA, NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Cloth Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In 1988, The Cloisters celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as a branch museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Devoted to the art of medieval Europe, The Cloisters is a twentieth century museum designed in a style evocative of medieval architecture. Its combination of medieval and modern architectural elements, organized around arcades of five medieval cloisters, creates a unique and sympathetic context for the exhibition of sculpture, metalwork, textiles, and painting. This contextual approach has been enormously influential in introducing medieval art to the American public. The opportunity for both visitor and scholar to examine works of art in evocative settings has informed and inspired viewers since the Museum's opening in 1938. The collection continues to grow in a wide-ranging fashion, as exemplified by the recently acquired Langobardic reliefs and fourteenth-century stained glass from the Austrian castle chapel at Ebreichsdorf, which are examined here.

A two-day scholarly symposium marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Cloisters, bringing together fifteen distinguished scholars from Europe and North America. Jointly sponsored by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Medieval Art, the symposium offered discussions of The Cloisters' history as well as concise papers emphasizing new research on specific works of art in the collection. Keynote papers by Ilene H. Forsyth and Willibald Sauerlander presented provocative critical reviews of the present state of research on Romanesque and Gothic art—the predominant strengths of the collection. Their appraisals and proposals for new directions of research confirm the rapidly changing and challenging state of medieval art scholarship. Symposium participants have revised their papers for publication, and contributions by members of the Museum's staff have been added. The twenty-two studies presented in this commemorative volume demonstrate the methodological diversity confronting the field of medieval art history. As a group, they offer an extraordinary tribute to the significance of The Cloisters Collection.

(This title was originally published in 1991/92.)

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Founded in 1938, the Cloisters is a unique museum of medieval art. Built to resemble a medieval monastery, it houses collections of tapestries, stained glass, sculpture, decorative art, and architectural elements of the Middle Ages. Compiled here are articles and papers from a scholarly symposium held in 1988 to celebrate the Cloisters's 50th year. The technical articles reflect heavy research, with subjects ranging from the impact of the Cloisters on the study of medieval art to examinations of different collections. Black-and-white photos clearly illustrate each article. Noticeably absent is any coverage of the famous tapestries housed at the Cloisters, though the Metropolitan Museum of Art has published other books on this topic. A beautiful festschrift for larger academic libraries.
- Karen Ellis, Victoria P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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