NYC - Fort Tryon Park - The Cloisters - Dragon Passant
Fresco transferred to canvas
Spain, Castile-Leon, Burgos, after 1200
From the chapter house of the monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza, near Burgos
The Cloisters Collection, 1931, (31.38.1b)
This wall painting and its companion, which depicts a lion, are closely related to a cycle of frescoes at Sigena (Huesca), thought to be by an Enlgish painter from Winchester. Notwithstanding attempts to find symbolic significance in these beasts, contemporaneous text state that "images of animals, birds, and serpents and other things are for adornment and beauty only."
The Cloisters, a branch of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages, is located in Fort Tryon Park near the northern tip of Manhattan island on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. The Cloisters collection contains approximately five thousand European medieval works of art, with a particular emphasis on pieces dating from the twelfth through the fifteen centuries.