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The Cloisters of NYC

Now that I'm back in Atlanta, I want to do a mini-series on The Cloisters in NYC from when we were there In April.

The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, thanks to an endowment grant by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Incredibly, it is a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Cloisters of NYC

Now that I'm back in Atlanta, I want to do a mini-series on The Cloisters in NYC from when we were there In April.

The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, thanks to an endowment grant by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Incredibly, it is a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (29)

That's a crazy story. It sounds almost like the Hearst castle in CA except that this looks much more tasteful.
Ginnie Hart: I've seen the Hearst Castle, years ago, Martin, and I must say that The Cloisters is very tastefully done! Yes.
  • Ellie
  • 21 Jun 2007, 00:36
Speaking from somewhere where we tend to take old buildings for granted it seems a really strange thing to do, to buy bits and pieces and put them together to make a single structure. But it looks as if it works, and for studying European architecture it's a lot easier than international travel. I wonder who sold them in the first place?

Good angle of view, I like the contrasts between the spiky conifers and the stonework
Ginnie Hart: I know you're very used to the real thing, Ellie. In fact, I often thought of you while there. But for those of us in America who really don't see OLD things like this here, it is a splendid way to bring "it" to us. That way so many have been able to see something incredible that they would not otherwise see.

Thanks, as always.
Nice angle and framing Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bridge.
Wow. Hard to imagine this in NYC. Interesting. I really like your perspective in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen. And to think we almost missed it. We decided to see IT rather than visit one of the many other great museums there. We were glad for the choice we made!
OoohooHhohooOH Ginnie. Lovely tones. But then you are the guru
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have to laugh at you, Busola, because I have never been the guru of anything. I guess if I AM gonna be a guru, it might as well be of these "lovely tones." grin
  • Kay
  • 21 Jun 2007, 03:27
Ginnie, I think if you wanted to, you could hire yourself out to architects to take artsy pictures of their buildings! smile You are the best at it, you know. wink

Case in point: This photo. 'Nuff said.
Ginnie Hart: I guess I can laugh at you, too, Kay, because as I told Busola, "I have never been the guru of anything. I guess if I AM gonna be a guru, it might as well be of these "lovely tones." Thanks. smile
j'aime beauocup le ton que tu utilise pour cete photo. il donne un air nostalgique qui va bien à la photo
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say so, O-P. Thank you.
Diagonals again (!)
I like your story about the move of a complete building from France.
Ginnie Hart: Yup! Always pay attention to the diagonals, Wim. grin

Actually, it was 5 buildings, Wim, which makes it even more unbelievable!
Wow - this is a great shot Ginnie! Beautifully post-processed as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, H.
I love the way you have composed and processed this shot ..
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Shakara, as always.
  • Helen
  • 21 Jun 2007, 08:10
Nice shot! The history of it is very interesting!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Helen. It's incredible!
You must really love this angle when you take pictures of buildings Ginnie smile And so do I smile
Didn´t know there was Cloisters in NYC
Ginnie Hart: This angle is very natural to me, Magnus, so I'm not exactly sure what it is I'm doing other than lining up the vertical spire/pole/tower. The rest just follows suit, I guess. smile But thanks for saying so.

I didn't know about these Cloisters either until we started seeing/hearing about it. Then we decided we HAD to go! It was an easy thing to see in a few hours, which would NOT have been true of some of the other big museums in NYC!
  • Ruth
  • 21 Jun 2007, 10:25
I had no idea. Beautiful framing and sky!
Ginnie Hart: Next time, Ruth, you must go. It's very doable in a couple hours, not like the other big museums there!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jun 2007, 11:25
nice composition and sepia is great here
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Jun 2007, 11:27
Excellent composition with the diagonals. I missed this place when I was there. Tch.

So we are on a New Amsterdam journey now.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, another New Amsterdam journey, Louis. I can't seem to get enough of it, so I'm taking it in bits and pieces. smile

Next time, make sure you see this. It's very doable in a couple of hours, unlike most of the big museums there.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 21 Jun 2007, 12:36
Well, well Ms. Hart. I believe (although don't always practise), that an essential and often overlooked part of photography, is subject research, which you do very thouroughly and that is one of the reasons that your blog is so popular, coupled with great photography; you have indeed, come a long way since I first looked at your work. This is another fine example Gramma Ginn. Many regards to you, Donica and the family. Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Neil, I take this as a compliment. Thank you kindly! smile
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 21 Jun 2007, 15:16
Excellent capture. Love the tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roger.
Love the angle Granny :d
NY represeting....
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Your city, Nacha, of which you can be very proud! smile
It seems that the picture was taken of the south of France... shadows on the wall + the pine make the illusion ! Well done.
To come back to your comment today, it's true Ginnie, that the look into the lens converts the one we have without. Now, I always look at things as if I were a camera ! smile
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought of that, Flo, but rightly so--this should look like it's from the south of France , since it represents 5 of their cloisters! Thanks!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 21 Jun 2007, 17:46
Good angle, interesting it of ironwork on the top, well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Les. That was one of my favorite things about the outside structure! Thanks.
exactly what florence said about it being in the south of france, lovely pic...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sam. I like it even more now that that thought is in my head--that it even LOOKS like it's from France. I guess it should. smile
Like that diagonal line - and the trees to the right balances out the composition smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
I must admit I have real trouble believing that this is in NYC - the trees look like they are in the south of France, why even the sky looks European lol. Composition brilliant - I am making notes!!! Look forward to the rest of the series. Mike.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Mike, about finding this in NYC. Thanks so much for commenting.
awww G - back in the states - cant wait to have an sc meet - yes come thru loNDON - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEsmile
Ginnie Hart: OK. I just found out that I've been booked back to Amsterdam from July 9-27. If the end time (26th or 27th) works for a SC get-together, maybe I can get the return trip routed through London. But which airport is best?
Doesn't look like it belongs in New York. Nice shot. Cheers, Dave
Ginnie Hart: I know, Dave. It's really quite amazing.
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 21 Jun 2007, 20:45
Great recycled building.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Clarence.
Very historic, love it.
Ginnie Hart: Yes it is, Dotun. Thanks.
Pure Ginnie's Styles! I like! The texture of the stone is similar to which there is at bottom of this image: http://jasdg.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Arcos/
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Jose! Thanks for including the link and reminding us of your fabulous REAL shot. I love the similarity!
Very nicely done Ginnie, love sepia tones !
Ginnie Hart: You really are a sweetheart, Zeb! Thanks.

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