Medieval Matters: Curating the Middle Ages at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lecture by C. Griffith Mann
Given at the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, on October 31, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses the finest, most comprehensive collection of Medieval and Byzantine art in the western hemisphere. It is held in two locations: the galleries of the Met’s main building on 5th Avenue and The Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. This talk explores the history of these two collections, and considers a selection of outstanding works of art that bring the medieval period compellingly to life.
Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters in September, 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building and for directing the staff and operations of The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany.
Top Image: The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, New York City specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts, and is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by William Doyle / Flickr