The Metropolitan Museum of Art Speaks to the Notre-Dame Fire




The Met Cloisters

Join The Metropolitan Museum of Art in two thoughtful events in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire.

Sculpture Hall at The Met
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. 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. 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.
Speakers 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 Curator for The Met Cloisters
Lucretia Kargère, Conservator, The Met Cloisters
Nancy Wu, Senior Managing Educator, Public Programs, The Met Cloisters.
The Met Cloisters

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.

Notre Dame prior to April 15, 2019 fire

Above, The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France. The 800-year old beloved landmark sustained the loss of most of its roof and the entire spire, with many priceless art and relics saved.