The Cloisters is a museum in Washington Heights in New York City
featuring four covered walkways pieced together from several abandoned
European monasteries and rebuilt in the United States. Specializing in
European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts, the
museum has about five thousand works, most dating from the 12th to the
15th centuries. The varied objects include stone and wood sculptures,
around three hundred panels of stained glass, and panel paintings,
including the Early Netherlandish Mérode Altarpiece (c. 1422). Designed
by architect Charles Collens, the museum houses medieval gardens,
several indoor chapels and thematic display spaces. Two rooms are
dedicated to the tapestry series Nine Heroes (c. 1385) and The Hunt of
the Unicorn (c. 1495–1505). Illuminated manuscripts displayed in the
Treasury room include the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
(c. 1399–1416), attributed to the Limbourg brothers.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cloisters>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Juan Lavalle, returning to Buenos Aires with troops that fought
in the Cisplatine War, deposed the provincial governor Manuel Dorrego,
reigniting the Argentine Civil Wars.
With the signing of the Act of Union, Denmark recognized the
Kingdom of Iceland as a fully sovereign state in personal union with
Denmark through a common monarch.
In "one of Australia's most profound mysteries", the body of an
unidentified man was found on Somerton beach in Adelaide, a case which
remains unsolved today.
Four armed men hijacked a bus carrying thirty schoolchildren
and one teacher in Ordzhonikidze, Soviet Union (now Vladikavkaz in
Russia), and were later given an Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft and ransom in
exchange for the release of the hostages.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A waitress at a Playboy Club, characteristically dressed in a strapless
teddy, black pantyhose, cuffs, a collar and bowtie, bunny ears, and a
short, fluffy tail.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The potency of knowledge depends on how and when it is used.
--Murder by the Book
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