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Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
Date: ca. 1130–40Accession Number: 25.120.398–.954
Date: ca. 1130–40Accession Number: 25.120.614
Date: ca. 1130–40Accession Number: 25.120.979
Date: ca. 1130–40Accession Number: 25.120.617
Date: ca. 1130–40Accession Number: 25.120.602
Date: ca. 1150–75Accession Number: 22.58.1a
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Square or rectangular in shape and surrounded by covered passageways, a cloister is the nucleus of monastic life: an open-air courtyard with proximity to spaces that serve the essential needs of the community—chapter house, dormitory, refectory, church.
Reconstructed with fragments from the twelfth-century cloister of the Benedictine monastery of St-Michel-de-Cuxa (or, in Catalan, San Miguel de Cuixà) near the Pyrenees, a lush garden crisscrossed by stone walkways is complemented by the cloister's distinct pink Languedoc marble, creating an inviting and tranquil space for contemplation.
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