Cloisters: Medieval Art & Architecture (3 Hours )

New York City, NY United States

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Hidden away at the top of Manhattan in Fort Tryon Park is one of the jewels of the city-- the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Medieval art and architecture of Western Europe. The collection consists not only of objects but also of a cloister garden, assembled from pieces gathered at sites across Europe in the twentieth century.

Our three hour seminar here will introduce both the art and architecture of medieval Latin Christendom within the intellectual context of the people for whom they were made. In the company of our docent, a specialist on Medieval art, we will examine a number of different kinds of objects (religious and secular) including paintings, altarpieces, carved ivories, gold and silver, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts and sculpture. And, of course, we will linger within the lovely cloisters themselves and discuss the architecture of Medieval Europe.

The purpose of the seminar is twofold--to train our eyes to look at objects closely and carefully in order to understand both form and function and also to recognize themes in Christian religious art that repeat themselves in different styles in different periods.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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By: Joe C


Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.

"The Great European Tour"

By: MJ


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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