This fall we traveled to New York City and Maine. We visited The Cloisters, where the highlight is the Unicorn Tapestries, woven in the Netherlands around 1500.
Per wikipedia, “In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horselike or goatlike animal with a long horn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat’s beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.”
Hunters pursue the unicorn, which is caught with the help of a maiden.
In the upper left corner, the unicorn is stabbed. At the bottom the unicorn is brought back to the castle on a horse.
Miraculously, the unicorn lives again and is chained to a tree.
The tapestries are displayed in a dimly lit room. I boosted the ISO to 6400 and set the exposure at my comfort limit for hand-held photos — 1/60 second and f 5.6. I cropped and increased the exposure up to 2/3 EV to bring out the vivid colors of the tapestries.
We were captivated with a recording of the 40-voice choir of England’s Salisbury Cathedral. Each singer was recorded and is played from its own speaker. You can sit in the middle to enjoy the choir or wander from speaker to speaker to hear the individual singers.
As the name indicates, The Cloisters is built around a beautiful cloister, a “rectangular open space surrounded by covered walks or open galleries, with open arcades on the inner side”.
A circular polarizer brings out the blue in the sky.
The Cloisters is located at the north end of Manhattan, on a hill overlooking the Hudson River.
On our first visit to The Cloisters, we spent more time than planned, soaking up the art, music, architecture, and views.