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"Medieval Art Department" Metropolitan Museum of Art Tip by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City: 194 reviews and 382 photos


The period between ancient and modern times in Western civilization, known as the Middle Ages, extends from 4th to the early 16th century.

The Metropolitan Museum's collection of medieval art are more than 6,000 - one of the richest in the world. Several of the arts works are gifts from the son of the financier and collector JP Morgan in 1917.

Among the particular strengths of the works shown in the Main Building are early Byzantine and early European tomb decorations; a series of silver plates of the seventh century representing scenes of David; the Antioch Treasure; the Avar hoard; and Byzantine ivory carvings and enamels. Also displayed are later European ivory carvings and sumptuous objects made of precious metals and gems between the ninth and the sixteenth century; and masterworks of Gothic sculpture and stained glass from such key monuments as the royal abbey of Saint-Denis outside Paris, Notre-Dame in Paris, and the cathedral of Amiens.

I personally enjoyed the arts works in this department.

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Directions: Take 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue
Phone: 212-535-7710

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  • Written Dec 1, 2005
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