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A 2005 Yuletide Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Art in Manhattan


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Psalter of Wenceslas IV (detail), ca. 1395; Tempera and gold on parchment; 36.7 x 26 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); Salzburg University Library (M III 20)

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After your visit to The Cloisters, travel southeast to the top of Fifth Avenue. The next stop on the Yuletide tour is The Metropolitan Museum of Art along Manhattan's Museum Mile. There, three special exhibitions await you. Don't miss The Met's annual Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche (Nativity scene), bathed in period music.

Prague, the Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437 (on view through Tuesday, January 3, 2006), features some 200 sumptuous artworks drawn from the Czech Republic as well as European and American collections. They were created in late-medieval Prague, the capital of Bohemia and seat of the Holy Roman Empire for a time. Religious and secular panel paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, examples of stained glass and silk embroideries illustrate the efflorescence of art and culture during the reigns of three successive Luxembourg rulers.

See the review of Prague, the Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437.

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