I went with Mary to the Cloisters on Saturday afternoon, the first Spring-like day in New York. It’s a modern construction of medieval architecture that brought me back to visiting the actually medieval town of Girona, in Spain. More on that another day.
I’ve never been too interested in recent history such as U.S. History for example, but I am fascinated by ancient and medieval history. The further removed from contemporary life the more mystery there is; and of what physical evidence remains, I am in awe.
I relish the sensation of community across time. You can see the same concepts represented a thousand (or ten thousand) years ago, which you might have on your own accord, in present day. Love and heartbreak is found in the songs of Troubadours, greed and wealth in the Catholic Church (read: Holy Roman Empire) and royal castles… and fear and grotesque horror in various mediums. I wish they had science fiction back then, but I guess you need science to make science fiction!
Not only does a stained glass window offer very high contrast images on a nice day, but these in particular captured some of the interesting horror and narrative scenes from about 1,200 AD.
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. Visit The Cloisters
A few more snaps from my visit with Mary: