National Geographic : 1964 Jul
The Metropolitan KNIGHTHOOD still flowers in a spectacle of 30 complete suits of 15th- and 16th-century ar mor (above), part of the treasure of 365,000 works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Medieval fervor for the religious life finds ex pression in the Cloisters (opposite), a branch of the Metropolitan in Fort Tryon Park high above the Hudson. Here the museum has reconstructed parts of five cloisters from French monasteries. A visitor in the Gothic Chapel stands beside a sculptured effigy of a 13th-century French nobleman on his bier. Fully armed, the life-size figure lies with hands clasped in prayer, feet resting against a small lion, symbol of courage. Tomb of Armengol VII, a Cat alan count of the same era, fills the niche at left. Twelfth-century English cross was carved from walrus ivory. Metropolitan Museum Director James J. Rorimer (right) and Thomas P. F. Hoving, Associate Curator of the Cloisters, pin together the three pieces before placing the rare cross on display in a Romanesque apse on loan from Spain. Carvings depict scenes from the Old Testament and Christ's Passion and Victory.