Museological assumption: The Cloisters

One of the places I’m considering seeing in New York is the Cloisters Museum, which houses medieval European art in buildings taken from five different French monasteries, cobbled together and joined by cloisters. Their web site comments on these covered, colonnaded walkways:

Just as cloisters provided sheltered access from one building to another within a monastery, here they act as passageways from gallery to gallery. They provide as inviting a place for rest, contemplation, and conversation as they did for their original monastic population.

Inviting for conversation amongst the “original monastic population”, that is, if their monastic order didn’t observe a vow of silence . . . but since they know which monasteries these buildings came from, I’m guessing that they know whether this was the case or not.


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