Walk Description

Hidden away at the top of Manhattan in Fort Tryon Park is one of the jewels of the city-- the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Medieval art and architecture of Western Europe. The collection consists not only of objects but also of a cloister garden, assembled from pieces gathered at sites across Europe in the twentieth century. 

Our three hour seminar here will introduce both the art and architecture of medieval Latin Christendom within the intellectual context of the people for whom they were made. In the company of our docent, a specialist on Medieval art, we will examine a number of different kinds of objects (religious and secular) including paintings, altarpieces, carved ivories, gold and silver, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts and sculpture. And, of course, we will linger within the lovely cloisters themselves and discuss the architecture of Medieval Europe.

The purpose of the seminar is twofold--to train our eyes to look at objects closely and carefully in order to understand both form and function and also to recognize themes in Christian religious art that repeat themselves in different styles in different periods.


Duration: 3 hours
Category: Art
Venues: Cloisters
Incidentals: museum admission (adults/seniors/students)- US$25/17/12
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    Allison Levy

    Allison Levy holds a Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College.
    Her specialty is Florentine visual culture and, within that broad
    theme, portraiture and representations of the body. She is the editor of Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe (2003), winner of the Society of Early Modern Women Book Award; and author of Re-membering Masculinity in Early Modern Florence: Widowed Bodies, Mourning and Portraiture (2006). Her third book is a collection of essays on sex and sexuality in Renaissance Italy, published in Italian as Sesso nel Rinascimento (2009) and in English as Sex Acts (2010). She is currently studying the art of misbehavior. Professor Levy has taught at Bryn Mawr, Tulane University, Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and University College London. She worked for Context in Florence for several years before moving to New York.

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    Rebekah Junkermeier

    Rebekah Junkermeier earned her B.A. in the Study of Religion at Dartmouth College and her Master's in Early Christianity and New Testament Studies at Harvard Divinity School, specializing in early Christian and Roman archaeology. She has lived and taught in Turkey as well as received the James B. Reynolds Post-graduate Fellowship and H. Allen Brooks Post-graduate Fellowship to pursue her own research for two years in Rome, Italy, where she studied the religious and social history and commemoration of sub-elites in Region IV of the Catacomb of Saint Agnes. She currently works in New York City for Calder Classics, a company that provides Classics-oriented academic and cultural experiences abroad for both youth and adults.

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    Monica Valley

    Monica Valley is a media designer and an art historian, specializing in later twentieth century art. A frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Columbia, focusing on the work of Robert Rauschenberg. Ms. Valley has programmed and led art study tours to India, Italy and Brazil, and is fluent in Portuguese.

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    Danielle Oteri

    Danielle Oteri is an active lecturer and researcher on late medieval and Renaissance art. After a degree in graphic design, she moved to Florence, Italy where she discovered a painting by a Florentine master hidden in the collection of a noble Tuscan family. She completed her graduate work at Hunter College and has been lecturing at the Cloisters for over a decade. Danielle also works with the International Center of Medieval Art on programs, lectures and publications. She is the co-author of "The Insider's Guide to Little Italy" and is working on a book titled "Feast: Rituals and Recipes on the Brink of Extinction" about the celebrations of Italian saints in America.