Virtually explore The Met Cloisters with Smarthistory as your guide
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With two figures representing the Church and the Synagogue, this work demonstrates how Carolingians were negotiating the relationship between Christianity and Judaism
How to identify the Christian figures of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by their iconography, or symbols, in art
Pages dyed pink, script from the Maghreb, and gold medallions make this Qu'ran especially spectacular
This is one of three known Hebrew Bibles that survive from the Crown of Castile in the 14th century
A theatre box in wood, the Sopetrán Lamentation is a stunning 15th-century sculpture from Spain.
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.