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Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
Date: late 13th–14th centuryAccession Number: 25.120.531–.1052
Date: late 14th–early 15th centuryAccession Number: 14.134.26a, b
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Twenty-one pairs of double columns with carved capitals border this cloister overlooking Fort Tryon Park and the Hudson River. The slender proportions of the stonework are typical of the late thirteenth century, while the almost abstract quality of the delicate, plant-inspired capitals betrays their Cistercian origin, from a monastery in Bonnefont-en-Comminges, not far from Toulouse.
Plants known to have grown in medieval Europe thrive in the nineteen raised beds in the Bonnefont Cloister. These plants are labeled and grouped to demonstrate their medieval uses such as medicine, food, and material for artists.
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