Sarcophagus of Isetemkheb D, Chief of the Harem of Amun-Ra, painted and gilded wood, from the Tomb DB320 at Deir el-Bahri, Thebes. Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069-945 BC. Photo credit:
A. Dagli Orti; now in the Egyptian Museum at Cairo.
While first-time visitors to New York are encouraged to visit the city’s flagship museums – The Met, MoMA, The Guggenhein… the real fun to be had is in the city’s lesser-known homes of art and artefacts. Falling under the same ownership as The Met, The Cloisters may be bit of a hike to get to (you’ll have to take the subway to the northernmost part of the city, past Harlem) but the expedition is worth it. In a quiet, suburban neighbourhood that feels borderline rural compared to the claustrophobia of midtown, The Cloisters is a castle-like structure devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe. Comprised of five cloisters imported from France, the museum offers an immersive experience back in time, with monastery-style gardens, a room that recreates a 12th-century chapel and awe-inspiring collection of Medieval tapestries, objects and works of art.
Everything about him was big and vital and, above that, national. He was able to see great problems in their true perspective because he looked at the Nation as a whole. There was nothing narrow or local or sectional about him. It is not for me here today to speak of the final place which history will accord to Theodore Roosevelt; but we know and the Nation knows, and the world knows, that Theodore Roosevelt was a great patriot and a great soul.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at the dedication of the American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, January 19, 1936.