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The Hidden Talisman: A Ghostly Romance of the Cloisters

Filmed in 1928, The Hidden Talisman: A Ghostly Romance of the Cloisters tells the story of the history of The Cloisters, as well as a centuries-spanning romance between the characters Bertrade and Thibaud. Before going off to war, Thibaud leaves a talisman with Bertrade and asks her to guard it. Centuries later, she searches The Cloisters in order to recover the talisman and see Thibaud again.

This film was shot at the original Cloisters museum established by George Gray Barnard in 1914. In 1925, The Metropolitan Museum purchased the building and collection, operating it in its original location until constructing the current Cloisters a half mile to the north. The new building opened in May, 1938. The Hidden Talisman offers a rare glimpse into the original Barnard Cloisters.

May 2013 through May 2014 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Cloisters.

Collections, Medieval Art and The Cloisters (77)

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Sorrow's Universal Language
(00:01:32) 178 views

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Empathy through Mimicry
(00:01:18) 251 views

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The Hidden Body Speaks
(00:01:28) 174 views

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Four Hands, Many Meanings
(00:01:46) 241 views

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Everyday Angels
(00:01:48) 139 views

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Framed by the Body
(00:01:40) 230 views

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Falconry at The Cloisters
(00:00:30) 249 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 338 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 1079 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 174 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 164 views

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Hunt of the Unicorn
(00:14:39) 2371 views

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Red Monastery
(00:05:25) 5150 views

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Stones of Medieval Italy
(03:39:26) 114 views

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Hanukkah: A Higher Holiday
(00:56:13) 115 views