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The Cloisters, New York

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The Cloisters were created in 1938 thanks to an endowment grant by John D. Rockefeller Jr., who donated the majority of his collection.
Much of the art came from the collection of George Grey Barnard, an American sculptor and collector of medieval art, who had already established a medieval-art museum near his home in the Fort Washington neighborhood.
Rockefeller purchased Barnard's entire collection of art and architectural remnants as a gift to the Met; this collection, combined with a number of pieces from Rockefeller's own collection became the core of the new Cloisters' holdings.
Rockefeller subsequently purchased more than 65 acres of land north of Barnard's museum with the intention of converting it into a public park and site for the new museum.

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the cloisters

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the cloisters

the cloisters

the cloisters
Besides purchasing this land and donating it to the city, Rockefeller also purchased and donated to New Jersey several hundred acres of the New Jersey Palisades on the other side of the Hudson River in order to preserve the view for the museum.
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  1. # Blogger Ténèbres à la lumière...

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    "The Cloisters,"located in New York
    is also very the way, Thanks, for sharing all the beautiful photographs too!...
    ...Merci, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D  

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