I just came home from an amazing mini vacation with my friend Polly in New York City.
Our first stop was The Cloisters which is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to art and architectural elements from the 12th - 15th century. I have been wanting to go for years so this was a very special visit.
Amazing carved faces, dragons, animals, devils, everywhere you looked.
A carving of Clovis, first Catholic King of Gaul (France) below.
The Spanish crucifix above is from around 1150 AD.
Beautiful fountain in the cloister garden above.
Below are reliquaries. These head sculptures were made to hold the skulls of saints.
You can see the lady on the right also has a round pendant that would hold some other bone
The painting above is part of the Annunciation Triptych and was created in The Netherlands around 1427AD. I can't get over how vibrant the colors are after so many hundreds of years.
The painting below depicts the Archangel Michael stabbing the Antichrist.
I have never seen the devil portrayed in a creepier way.
I finally got to see "The Unicorn in Captivity".
It was so amazing in person, you can't believe the detail.
This famous tapestry inspired my Painted Pony, The Unicorn's Garden.
I love the shot below of my friend Polly. A true friend, she held my camera bag the whole time while I was photographing all I could.
A view of the George Washington Bridge from our parking space.
A young robin outside of The Cloisters.