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The Coronation

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's 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.  We visited there in April.

The trefoil arch of this doorway from the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean (Burgundy, France, ca 1250), is decorated with the Coronation of the Virgin attended by two kneeling angels. 
But look at the 6 kneeling angels above them as well.
Below the arch on either side
stand the Merovingian kings, Clovis and Clothar. 
Through the doorway you go into the chapel that's tomorrow's post.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]



The Coronation

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's 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.  We visited there in April.

The trefoil arch of this doorway from the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean (Burgundy, France, ca 1250), is decorated with the Coronation of the Virgin attended by two kneeling angels. 
But look at the 6 kneeling angels above them as well.
Below the arch on either side
stand the Merovingian kings, Clovis and Clothar. 
Through the doorway you go into the chapel that's tomorrow's post.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]



comments (29)

So much intricate detail! I'm constantly amazed.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Red Pen. Thanks.
Fantastic. The sepia is fantastic for showing all this detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary. Glad you like it.
Are they headless? Is this some kind of message, I wonder?
Ginnie Hart: They sure look headless to me, Karen, but I'm intrigued that my book didn't mention anything about it! It surely doesn't look like the heads were lost along the way, nor do they appear to be bent to the chest. Hmmm. A great mystery.
This is a lovely shot. I like the sepia toning you use for yr images....Very lovely
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nacha.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 27 Jun 2007, 04:09
Interesting :d

Suby
Ginnie Hart: There he goes again with his "interesting!" grin
  • Kay
  • 27 Jun 2007, 05:04
Wonderful picture, Ginnie! I just love it! (I love angels too smile )
Ginnie Hart: Even angels without heads, Kay? smile Makes you wonder, doesn't it! Thanks.
tes d├ętails continuent leur chemin dans les ondes de mon imaginaire. j'aime beaucoup
Ginnie Hart: You're very sweet, O-P! Thanks.
Love the treatment you've given this picture Ginnie. Nice...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fehinti.
Wow Ginnie a magnificent shot...love your post processing, too. I really like this series.

Sorry haven't been by in a couple of days - I think this p-blogging thing is going to be a couple of days at a time...B-) Cheers..
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes you just have to slow down, H. I totally understand! Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Another beautiful shot..cool treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Shakara.
What a beautiful shot - I love the view into the chapel. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Rosalyn! I hope you'll like the chapel tomorrow. smile
Very beautiful Ginnie. Also love the view into the chapel. Great detail, sharpness and treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bridge. As I told Rosalyn, I hope you'll like the chapel tomorrow. smile
A very nice detail...and a real guiding tour to the the Cloisters. I'm looking forward to pass Clovis and Clothar and go into the chapel...
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't those two kings make you want to laugh! I hope you'll enjoy the chapel tomorrow, Lina. smile
  • Petra
  • 27 Jun 2007, 09:45
Just like Karen, my first thought was, why are they headless??
Great quality photo (again) Ginniesmile
Petra
Ginnie Hart: And to think the book I have does not breathe a word about the headless angels. What's up with that!

Thanks, Petra.
  • paul
  • 27 Jun 2007, 10:35
having seen it now I can't stop wondering what it is with the missing heads smile Looking forward to tomorrows installment
Ginnie Hart: I know, Paul Don't have a clue because it looks like they were carved that way. I hope you'll like the chapel tomorrow. Thanks.
There's kind of a 3-d effect in this shot (atleast for me) smile,
but i have an eye infection so maybe that's causing the effect smile
Very nice sepia tone
Ginnie Hart: So sorry about your eye infection, Magnus. That's no fun, especially for a photographer!!

Thanks for commenting.
Such wonderful detail Ginnie.

I know I said it before but who would believe that you'd find such a building In Manhattan.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bernie. I'm still in awe of the concept alone! Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jun 2007, 13:03
great symmetry and dito color tone
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Dotun
  • 27 Jun 2007, 13:24
tones and symmetry looks pretty nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun.
Great detail and tones, Ginnie! It looks a bit over-sharpened to me, though, especially the dome you can see through the doorway.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Martin, you may be right! The arch area was very dark, so I really had to lighten the shadows to see the carving. The inside chapel, on the other hand, was almost blown with sunlight, as you'll see tomorrow. So it was very tricky. I maybe sharpened it too much so that you could see the details.
  • Ellie
  • 27 Jun 2007, 14:27
It's a lovely piece of work, beautiful details too. Some of the carving looks as if it's been poured rather than chiselled.

I do (written in big letters) like the way you've used the sepia treatment, but I'm intrigued to know what stone this is and its natural colour. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! So I just checked, Ellie, and the book says it's limestone with traces of paint. In the book, you can see the traces of paint, but not on my original. The color in the book is a bit yellower than my processing here. As I just told Martin, this area was very dark and I had to really lighten and sharpen it to see the details.

Thanks for stopping by midst all your busyness.
  • don
  • Spokane
  • 27 Jun 2007, 15:00
A fine picture of this outstanding art work in stone. Excellent black and white qualities. Well done. I'm looking forward to shots inside.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Don. I hope you won't be disappointed tomorrow. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jun 2007, 15:49
If the Virgin is being crowned, shouldn't at least one of them be standing? As they are they look as if the are having a tea or a discussion smile

Great detail.
Ginnie Hart: Well, a tea would work for a coronation-type picnic, right, Louis? grin

Didn't great teachers back then sit when they taught? Maybe they sat when they were crowned. All of them. No one can be higher than the one being crowned, right?! smile
Another great detail shown here. This is a very nice perpective... telling us to enter... your sepia tone is amazingly good !!
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Flo. Thanks.
Love the light in the inner chamber - composition reminds me of the back of a dollar bill for some reason(not sen one for a while - so this is probably totally irrelevant) You seem to always have strong highlights but with them under control - makes for v good photographs.
Mike
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I really had to play around with this one, for sure. The inner chamber was too bright and the archway was too dark. Didn't know what else to do with it! Glad it's okay for you. smile
oOooHhoooOHoHoh Ginnie. Lovely detailed shot. Ill be back at 0:01am.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh. I hope you won't be disappointed, Busola, but thank you.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 28 Jun 2007, 01:52
Glorious! smile
Ginnie Hart: Always a sweetheart, Ruth! smile
Nice composition, not so easy to get that !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks! smile
Man without hats, em, heads. Well seen!
Ginnie Hart: Very strange, right?! Thanks.

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