See the rest of my 2018 art journal on my other blog.
I have had more doctor’s appointments in NYC and found another wonderful door to share with you. I’m not sure exactly where this was, but it’s not far from the Public Library.
Thanks Norm 2.0 for giving me something to look forward to when going to the doctor and for so many beautiful door photos.
“The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.
Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.”
We saw many of the dresses at the Met Fifth Avenue, but the crowds were overwhelming and there was so much to see there. The Cloisters’ Heavenly Bodies exhibit was fantastic and so beautifully integrated into the museum. I didn’t photograph all of the dresses, but here are my favorites.
The Garden of Eden
The Unicorn Tapestries – this one was my favorite and the photograph does not do it justice. The unicorn image is much more subtle in person and the textures of the dress really unites the magical nature of the unicorn, the sacrifice of Jesus (the unicorn is a metaphor for him), and the rich needlework of the tapestries.
If you get to New York City and are at all interested in religious art and architecture, or just want a peaceful place to rest, I recommend The Cloisters. This exhibition runs through October 8. If you can’t make it there you may enjoy the rich selection of imagery on The Met’s website, such as this overview.
I hope you find some beauty in your day.
“The Met Cloisters, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.”
Basically, it is a museum of doors and windows and columns and such. And right now there is a special exhibit called “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” I will do a post on those as well. If you want to see more interesting door photos check out Norm 2.0.
I have a new favorite restaurant in New Jersey! This is South+Pine in Morristown and its not just because the interior wall is lined with layers of doors and is fabulous. Also, the chef is awesome. I have so many limitations on what I can eat, but the staff was so willing to work with me and provided me with a delicious meal that did not cause me any pain at all. That hasn’t happened in a very long time. So if you are looking for a place to eat in Morris County, stop by South+Pine. If you are looking for more interesting door photos check out Norm 2.0 for photos of doors from around the world.
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