Tag Archive: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Bawdy History of Medieval Playing Cards

Medieavl Playing cards

Playing cards arrived in Europe from Asia sometime in the 14th century, and by 1367 they had their first citywide ban in Bern, Switzerland. That their use, and the anxiety about gambling and idleness encouraged by these “picture books of the devil,” had already resulted in anti-gaming ordinances demonstrates how quickly the cards gained popularity…

How IBM is Enabling Smarter Management of … Medieval Abbeys

Question:What does a rack of high-performance, network blade-servers have in common with the 15th century Flemish tapestry The Hunt for the Unicorn? Answer: Both are being watched over by some of IBM’s most advanced smart building systems. Last week, as part of a roll-out of a broader suite of smart building technologies, I got to…

Irish Art Exhibit Opens in Bellarmine Musuem

The Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University is home to the new art exhibit “Kells to Clonmacnoise: Medieval Irish Art in Context,” which features several valuable replicas and reproductions of important Irish works of art. On Monday, April 18, Fairfield debuted the exhibit with an opening reception in Bellarmine Hall. The university provided refreshments…

Medieval Masterworks from Court of Burgundy Leave France for First and Only U.S. Tour in 2010

A group of 40 of the greatest masterpieces of medieval sculpture, which have never before been presented together outside of France, will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art from October 3, 2010 through January 2, 2011, as part of a first and only seven-city exhibition tour in the United States. Carved by…

Cloistered away in New York City

A Little known branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a superb art collection and a magical getaway in Manhattan. Jenny Arsenault likes to imagine she’s legendary medieval maiden Lady of Shalott when she visits The Cloisters, and it’s easy to understand why. The 21-year-old art student from Washington Heights is just a short…