The Cloisters is a medieval reconstruction of several buildings from 12th-15th century. It houses a medieval art collection, and two of my favorite artworks reside there - the whole of the Unicorn Tapestry series:
All seven tapestries hang in this room (sorry the picture is so dark and blurred). Here's a decent shot of the most well-known of the seven, the Unicorn in Captivity:
Besides the Unicorn Tapestries, the Cloisters also is home to the Merode Altarpiece - also known as The Virgin and the Mousetrap by Robert Campin, the Master of Flemalle.
What I was really looking forward to was seeing the gardens - I wish I could visit in summer, but it was a lovely weekend in New York, it was 75 degrees in October, and although it rained in the morning, it was nice for me to step into the gardens.
I loved the set branches all dark and gnarled.
The woven wattling as fence.
The view of the river beyond.
I believe this is a pear - espaliered.
I love the building - lots of wonderful vistas, corners to peek around, and lots of beautiful medieval works of art.
Illuminated manuscripts, statuary, jewelry and funerary pieces. I love the raw emotive power of the medieval period, often called "the dark ages", but to me, it's a real bright jewel.
One of these days, I'd love to visit on a sunny, warm day so I can visit the enclosed garden - closed off during the winter.
In home-related news, yesterday we picked up 8 sago palm pups free off Craigslist. We trimmed the fronts that were already grown, and are giving them a week to harden off before getting them potted and rooted. Dale's been wanting one of these for ages, so he's pleased to have so many to get started.