At the Met in the wake of the Notre-Dame Fire
April 18 & April 22, 2019
Following the recent disastrous fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering two occasions for the community to gather:
At The Met Cloisters, on Thursday, April 18, at 2:00 pm, 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.
At The Met Fifth Avenue, on Monday, April 22, at 4:00 pm, 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.
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
These events are free with Museum admission.
About The Met
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
Located in northern Manhattan, The Met Cloisters is the branch of The Met dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.