The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Northern Manhattan
The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The Cloisters itself was assembled from architectural elements that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. Located in a spectacular four-acre setting overlooking the Hudson River with views of the George Washington Bridge, the building incorporates elements from five medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville—and from other monastic sites located in southern France. It opened to the public in 1938. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately three thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about the ninth to the sixteenth century. Follow this link for additional history of the Cloisters.
Views of the Gardens and Cloisters
Glass at the Cloisters
Glass Books Recommended
General: Newman-An Illustrated Dictionary of Glass, Harold Newman, 1977 Thames and Hudson Ltd, London. A must have reference book for scholars and researchers in the field of glass.
American: Palmer-The Wistars and Their Glass, Arlene Palmer, Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village 1989. A small catalogue of outstanding American glass produced by Wistarburgh Glassworks 1733-1777
Medieval: Baumgartner-Glas Des Spaten Mittlatersund der Renaissance: Die Sammlung Karl Amendt, Erwin Baumgartner, 2005. The Amendt collection of glass from the Middle Ages offers an amazing array of forms produced during this time of glass history.
English: Bickerton-Eighteenth Century English Drinking Glasses, L.M. Bickerton, Suffolk, 1986. This book is the most important reference for studying drinking vessels from 18th c. England.
French: Lhermite-King, Cent Verres Francais 1550-1750, Tresors des collection privees, Sylie Lhermite-King. A wonderfully illustrated book of French glass vessels gathered from private collections.
Spanish: Philippart, Fragil Transparencia Vidrios espanoles de los siglos XVI a XVIII, Jean-Paul Philippart 2011. A beautifully illustrated book on the variety of creative styles of glass in 16th,17th and 18th c. Spain.
Venetian & Facon de Venise: Page-Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, Jutta Annette Page, The Corning Museum of Glass, 2004. The Venetian influence traveled far & wide throughout Europe. This volume covers each of the major countries & their styles.
Ancient: Gross, The Toledo Museum of Art Early Ancient Glass, David Gross, Very thorough coverage of early manufacture before the onset of blowing glass in the Ancient World, 1600B.C. to A.D.50.
To see additional recommendations for glass books follow this link to our Glass Bibliography.