Virtually explore The Met Cloisters with Smarthistory as your guide
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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
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 Netherlandish artist, a Middle Eastern apostle, a Spanish queen, and a New York museum.
What a camel in New York reveals about medieval Spain.
An Early Byzantine sculpture of a woman with a scroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Roll over Bellini, and tell Tintoretto the news. The Renaissance in Spain.
Flashed or stained? Discover the historical techniques required to produce—and restore—this vibrant glass painting.
This is a creature so pure it can’t be caught—maybe that’s why the meaning of the tapestry eludes us.