Day Trip to The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original


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The Met Cloisters

Welcome to the Met Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe; sitting on a hilltop with commanding views of the Hudson River. I had the great pleasure of touring the grounds and collection with Down to Earth Original; a hip brand dedicated to teaching children how to grow gardens. Scroll down to see what wonders of the Medieval world we uncovered. 

Vanache at The Met Cloisters

Down To Earth Original and The Met Cloisters View, Vanache 2019

Navigating The Cloisters

The Met Cloisters is designed in the style of a Medieval Cloister, which is a covered walkway surrounding a large, open courtyard. 

 

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 Saint-Guilhem Cloister 

Cuxa Cloister, The Met Cloisters

The fine carving of this late 12th-century cloister from the monastery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France, adapts Roman sculptural forms to a medieval context. The gallery also features sculptures from Italy, Islamic Spain, and elsewhere in France. 

Vanache and Down to earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

A Pair of Doors with Hinges and Reinforcing Bands

Vanache and the Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

 

 Fuentidueña Chapel

Fuentidueña Chapel

The 12-century apse from the church of San Martin at Fuentidueña, Spain, and the contemporary fresco from a church in Catalonia dominate the space. 

Vanache at Fuentidueña Chapel

Vanache and the DTEO Red chili pepper hat

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

 

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Gothic Chapel 

Gothic Chapel, The Met Cloisters, Vanache 2019

Beneath richly colored stained-glass windows from 14-century Austria, carved images from royal and noble tombs of France and Spain fill the Chapel-like setting. 

Gothic Chapel, The Met Cloisters, Vanache 2019

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

 

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Cuxa Cloister

Cuxa Cloister, The Met Cloisters, Vanache 2019

The Pink stone elements come from the 12th-century cloister of French Benedictine monastery Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa in Pyrenees. The typical cloister garden features crossed paths and a central Fountain. 

Cuxa Cloister and Judy black Garden The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

 

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Bonnefont Cloister and Garden

Bonnefont Cloister, The Met Cloister, Vanache 2019

Long thought to be part of the abbey at Bonnefort-en-Comminges, the elements of this cloister come instead from other monasteries in the region, including one at Tarbes. The herb garden contains more than 250 species cultivated in the Middle Ages. 

Bonnefont Cloister and Garden

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

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Trie Cloister

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Stone Cloister elements were created primarily for the Carmelite convent at Trie-sur-Boise in the Pyrenees. The Garden is planted to evoke the millefleurs background of medieval tapestries. 

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

 Tapestries, Artifacts and other Wonders

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

Vanache, The Met Cloisters with Down To Earth Original

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