Under the auspices of the New York Medieval Society, students from Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University visited the Cloisters. They examined the capitals and columns of the twelfth-century Cuxa Cloister and discussed the uses of cloister passageways — especially for reading and meditating — during the monastic day.
The students also analyzed a range of works in the Collection, from the fifteenth-century German Dormition of the Virgin Mary to the Fuentidueña apse imported from north-central Spain, drawing connections between devotional images and medieval saints’ lives, as well as spiritual narratives.
Educators who are interested in designing a pedagogical program to introduce students to the Middle Ages, whether by organizing trips like this one or designing a series of reading groups or lectures, should consider applying for the New York Medieval Society Teaching Award. Details are available here.