Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Cloisters

My ass decided to do something productive today: I took the loooong subway journey to "upper Manhattan" and wound up at The Cloisters museum in what could be nicely described as the western fucking tip of the city.

It's an-- well, I don't want to say "oasis", but it totally is-- oasis of medieval art and architecture, far above the honking and dirt and crap of the city. I was completely far away in summery Provence for the afternoon. I also embraced the heat for once, mostly because it meant my photos turned out sunny and there were cicadas buzzing away the whole time.

(After last summer's (or was it the year before that?) hell of actually SEEING the cicadas, it's a miracle my traumatized brain managed to revert back to my childhood-- I can still associate the sound with summer, rather than the nasty little cockroach-things with bulging eyes.)

But back on topic. Here are my pictures, carefully altered for your viewing pleasure.

Playing cards

The major draw for the museum is the Unicorn Tapestries. They're a lot like the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries from the Musée de Cluny in Paris-- only instead of ladies hanging out with a unicorn, the Cloisters tapestries depict a hunt and end with the unicorn captured in a gilded cage.

Most exciting part of the day? Learning that the origins of the tapestries are a mystery, BUT that someone put the initials "AE" throughout.

Similar tapestries were hung throughout the museum.

I had a little snack in the beautiful downstairs garden and then headed back to the subway. Which was when I fell through time/space and ended up in Montmartre.

As always, more photos on my Flickr.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

whoa. thats awesome and the montmartre flashback is so crazy. I need to visit asap.

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