Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two Events at The Met in Wake of Notre-Dame Fire

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that two events have been planned in reference to the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris.  The first is this afternoon at the Cloisters, the specialized medieval museum that sits at the top of Manhattan, about an hour north of the main Fifth Avenue building.

The second will take place next Monday afternoon.   See the text of the press release below.

Two Events at the Met in Wake of Notre-Dame Fire
Following the recent disastrous fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering two occasions for the community to gather:

At The Met Cloisters, on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m.,   a bell in the Museum's tower will toll for one minute, coinciding with the ringing of bells scheduled to take place across the UK, during which time visitors may observe a minute of silence.

At The Met Fifth Avenue, on Monday, April 22, at 4  p.m., an informal program will take place in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, where Met experts who are familiar with Notre-Dame Cathedral will speak briefly about its importance. On special display for this occasion will be a mid-15th-century manuscript by Jean Fouquet, The  Right  Hand of God Protecting the Faithful against the  Demons, that depicts Notre-Dame. 
Jean Fouquet, The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful Against Demons
From The Hours of Etienne Chevalier
French, c.1452-1460
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lehman Collection
Also nearby will be The Met's 12th-century Head of King David— originally part of the rich sculptural decoration program of Notre-Dame, but decapitated during the French Revolution. 
Head of King David, From Notre-Dame de Paris
French, c. 1145
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

And Johan Barthold Jongkind's The Pont  Neuf (1849–50), in which the skyline is punctuated by the cathedral's towers, will also be on view in European Paintings Gallery 812.
Johan Barthold Jongkind, The Pont Neuf
Dutch, c. 1849-1850
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Speakers will include:

Daniel Weiss, President and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Max Hollein, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior urator for The Met Cloisters
Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, The Met Cloisters
Nancy Wu, Senior Managing Educator, Public Programs, The Met Cloisters

Press Contact: or 212-570-3951

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