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The Masterpieces of The Cloisters

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The Cloisters specialises in European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloister’s architectural features are primarily from the Romanesque and Gothic periods reconstructed in the four-acre site in Washington Heights. The design and ambience of the building are intended to evoke a sense of the Medieval European monastic life through its architecture.

The museum contains approximately five thousand medieval works of art from the Mediterranean and Europe, mostly from the 12th to 15th centuries, from the Byzantine to the early Renaissance periods, plus works dating from the bronze and early iron ages.

The Masterpieces of The Cloisters include:

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“The modern world thinks of art as very important: something close to the meaning of life.” Alain de Botton


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