Towering Presence: The Role of The Cloisters

The Cloisters

Towering Presence: The Role of The Cloisters

Lecture by Barbara Drake Boehm

Given at the University of New Mexico on March 25, 2019

The Cloisters stands really as a beacon in northern Manhattan and its tower is visible to travelers from afar. It was first opened at its present location to the public in 1938 and as you know it houses the largest collection of European medieval art in the United States and the most encyclopedic in the world. It occupies really a unique place in the history of the Met, but I would also say in terms of museums in the US and indeed the world.

Barbara Drake Boehm is the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters. Click here to learn more about The Cloisters.


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