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French (cartoon) / South Netherlandish (weaving). The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (from the Unicorn Tapestries), 1495–1505. The Met Cloisters. Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Nestled into a park on the northern tip of Manhattan, the Met Cloisters is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. This new class, taught by the curator-in-charge of the Cloisters, will explore the highlights of the museum’s unparallelled collection and the fascinating history of the building itself.

When the Cloisters first opened in Fort Tryon Park, Europe was on the brink of war and the world was in the middle of the Great Depression. Incorporating elements of medieval European architecture, the museum’s unique, evocative galleries open onto a series of gardens that connect works of art with the natural world, transporting visitors to a different time and place.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

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Barnes classes will:

  • Sharpen your observational and critical thinking skills.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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C. Griffith Mann

Mann has served as the Metropolitan Museum’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters since 2013. He is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building, and for directing the staff and operations of The Met Cloisters, the branch dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. He received his BA in art history and history from Williams College and his PhD in medieval art from Johns Hopkins University.

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