Successful NYC Trip …
I just barely beat the global warming home. Otherwise, I had a great trip up to New York City. Here’s some of the highlights:
I made it a point to go take pictures in Central Park. These are from the Bethesda Terrace which is Mid-Park around 72nd Street.
The Naumburg Bandshell is just south of the terrace.
We also made the trip up the Cloisters, which is way up north on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River, in Fort Tryon park. It was completed in 1938 and houses some of the medieval art collection from the 1100’s through the 1400’s.
There museum is packed to the gills with interesting pieces, but I particularly liked the stained glass.
The roundels were the most interesting stained glass pieces, as they typically depicted unusual and rather graphic scenes as opposed to just stories about saints or royalty. The following roundel was called something like “Into the Pit of Hell.” Rather evil imagery:
This Madonna and Child statue, carved from boxwood, only stood about 12 inches tall. The detail in of the folds in Mary’s garments was simply amazing in its delicacy.
During the Middle Ages, religious artifacts were highly prized possessions that local churches collected in hopes of visiting the grace of Providence upon the congregation. Body parts alleged to be that of saints were particularly valuable, and were often kept in a reliquary. This reliquary supposedly housed the arm of a saint, the bones of whom would have been seen through the two rectangular holes:
The Crusades were very good for the wealth of the various churches in Europe. These altar pieces were carved from marble in amazing detail and intricacy:
I don’t know who this is or what he’s doing, but it sort of reminded me of St. George vanquishing the dragon. As with a lot of these medieval pieces, the blood and gore are on full and unapologetic display:
Later that night, my sister and I visited with some of her British friends at a comfy little bar called Haven on 51st Street near 2nd Ave.
A good time was had by all.
If anyone would like a copy of any of these pictures, and have most of them (and some others) in higher quality and would be happy to share them. Just send me an email and I’ll forward you whatever you want.