The MET Cloisters Exploration and Study

As part of the MFA Visual Narrative Program, the students were tasked with exploring a specific location in New York City for their second summer residency.The exploration that the student James Mied decided to research was the MET Cloisters, a truly fascinating location that had fascinating architecture and a wide variety of creatures.

These are some of the projects that James Mied worked on while visiting this location. The first assignment he focused on was archiving the location through a stylized map of the Cloisters that highlighted artworks of interest within the Cloister exhibits. Most of these objects pertain to artwork found inside the building.

The second project he created was a sensory diagram of some of the creatures of note that he found within the Met Cloisters. He arranged the mythical creatures on two scales, one was a scale of size, and the other was a scale that rated each character’s weirdness levels.

After the sensory diagrams, James Mied went back to the Cloisters with a burning question: “How many Jesuses could you find at the Cloisters? It’s probably a lot right? It’s definitely a lot…” Once there he tracked how many Christ sculptures, paintings, and tapestries that were there. He collected as much data as he could during his second visit there.

And he formatted it into this nifty chart!

Once he collected the proper data on how many Christs there were at the Met Cloisters, spoiler alert there’s thirty-one, he was able to comprise the information into a chart.
Said chart mapped out all of the differences between these artworks and how they were presented. Below is a step by step process on how to view the chart.

Now that we have that information, let's see the entire chart laid out below:

In total:
-5 of them are headless.
-15 are child christs, 10 are adult christs, and 6 are crucifixtions.
-23 are sculptures, and 8 are 2-dimensional artworks.
-to further categorize them, 14 are wood carvings, 9 are stone sculptures, 7 are paintings, and there is 1 tapestry.
-And there are 8 from the 11th century,
5 from the 12th century,
8 from the 13th century,
5 from the 14th century,
and 5 from the 15th century.

If you would like to see more of James Mied's work, please click on either of the links below!

James Mied's website

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