At The Met Cloisters, New York

Virtually explore The Met Cloisters with Smarthistory as your guide

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The Sopetrán Lamentation in wood
The Sopetrán Lamentation in wood

A theatre box in wood, the Sopetrán Lamentation is a stunning 15th-century sculpture from Spain.

Jean le Noir, Bourgot (?), and workshop, Miniature of Christ’s Side Wound and Instruments of the Passion from the Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg
Jean le Noir, Bourgot (?), and workshop, Miniature of Christ’s Side Wound and Instruments of the Passion from the Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg

Images of the side wound and the mystical tradition from which they emerge have provided fertile material for scholars engaged in “queering” the Middle Ages.

A Renaissance St. James as pilgrim
A Renaissance St. James as pilgrim

A Netherlandish artist, a Middle Eastern apostle, a Spanish queen, and a New York museum.

Camel from San Baudelio de Berlanga
Camel from San Baudelio de Berlanga

What a camel in New York reveals about medieval Spain.

Woman with Scroll
Woman with Scroll

An Early Byzantine sculpture of a woman with a scroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

St. Michael defeats the devil in Renaissance Spain
St. Michael defeats the devil in Renaissance Spain

Roll over Bellini, and tell Tintoretto the news. The Renaissance in Spain.

The conservator’s eye: a stained glass Adoration of the Magi
The conservator’s eye: a stained glass Adoration of the Magi

Flashed or stained? Discover the historical techniques required to produce—and restore—this vibrant glass painting.

<em>The Unicorn in Captivity</em>
The Unicorn in Captivity

This is a creature so pure it can’t be caught—maybe that’s why the meaning of the tapestry eludes us.