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Friday, October 15, 2010

The Cloistas Continued

Shrimp, you hit the nail on the head when you said the bit about devotion. That and the monastic, serene setting, is precisely what made my visit to the Cloisters so special. "Named for the portions of five medieval French cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville—that were incorporated into the modern museum building," the building exists as "an ensemble of spaces, rooms, and gardens that provide a harmonious and evocative setting in which visitors can experience the rich tradition of medieval artistic production. Just as cloisters provided sheltered access from one building to another within a monastery, here they act as passageways from gallery to gallery. They provide as inviting a place for rest, contemplation, and conversation..." You stare at a pair of eyes on an alabaster sculpture that probably took a guy months to make, and they ask you, "What are you passionate about?" After last last weekend's trip to the breathtaking Frick Collection (which I am headed to right now again, ne sois pas jaloux to Shrimp and Dimp), this place served as an inspirational follow up. Walking in and out of its mysterious stairways and majestic galleries evokes wonder and motivation, and whisks you away to a time that doesn't seem that dark to me after all...

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