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SEARCH FOR THE UNICORN, JANET CARDIFF and CANTERBURY STAINED GLASS Exhibits Celebrate 75 Years of The Cloisters

The installation is organized by Anne L. Strauss, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Canterbury StaiNed Glass

To complete the anniversary celebrations in spring 2014, the exhibition Canterbury StaiNed Glass (March-May 2014), will present six near life-size enthroned figures in staiNed Glass from England's historic Canterbury Cathedral. This represents the first time the panels have left the cathedral precincts since their creation in 1178-80.

Founded in 597, the cathedral is one of the oldest Christian structures in England. It was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages-as witnessed by Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a literary masterpiece from the 14th century-and is also the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide. Recent repairs to the stonework of the magnificent historic structure necessitated the removal of several delicate stained-glass windows of unparalleled beauty. While the restoration of the walls has been undertaken, the staiNed Glass has also been conserved.

The windows that will be shown at The Cloisters are from the clerestory of the cathedral's choir and east transepts. The six figures-Jareth, Lamech, Thare, Abraham, Noah, and Phalech-were part of an original cycle of 86 ancestors of Christ, the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history. One complete window (Thare and Abraham), rising nearly 12 feet high, will be shown with its associated rich foliate border.

Masterpieces of Romanesque art, these imposing figures exude an aura of dignified power. The angular limbs, the form-defining drapery, and the encompassing folds of the mantles all add a sculptural quality to the majestic figures. The glass painting-which is attributed to the Methuselah Master-is striking for its fluid lines, clear forms, and brilliant use of color.

The installation is organized at The Cloisters by Timothy B. Husband, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.

These exhibitions and related education programs will be featured on the Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Hours -- Main Building

Fridays and Saturdays
9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sundays, Tuesdays-Thursdays
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Hours -- The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

March-October:

Tuesdays-Sundays
9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
November-February:

Tuesdays-Sundays
9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Met Holiday Mondays in the Main Building and The Cloisters:

March 25, April 1, and May 27, 2013
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
All other Mondays closed; Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25 closed

Recommended Admission
(Includes Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens on the Same Day)
Adults $25.00, seniors (65 and over) $17.00, students $12.00
Members and children under 12 accompanied by adult free
Express admission may be purchased in advance at www.metmuseum.org/visit
For More Information (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org
No extra charge for any exhibition.

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