This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is built around fragments of cloisters and other Spanish and French medieval buildings that had been collected by George Gray Barnard. They were bought by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for the museum, and he funded the construction of this building. It is not itself a historic structure, imported stone-by-stone, but a copy of a French Romanesque Abbey. It houses the museums collection of medieval art, including the priceless Unicorn tapestries. When Rockefeller bought this site, he also bought a stretch of the Palisades across the Hudson River to guarantee that future development wouldnt spoil the view.
THE CLOISTERS NEW YORK Photo Gallery