“Rich Man, Poor Man: Art, Class, and Commerce in a Late Medieval Town” Exhibition

The Cloisters

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The Met Cloisters, Gallery 10

Below the monarch, nobility, and land-owning gentry in the highly stratified society of sixteenth-century England stood those known as the “middling sort.” Like their compatriots of higher rank, they too saw art and architecture as a means of self-fashioning.

This exhibition examines the emergence of distinctly middle-class taste in late medieval England by showcasing a rare set of large-scale domestic sculptures from Exeter. Commissioned by a merchant named Henry Hamlyn, the sculptures, which adorned the exterior of his house, feature stock characters drawn from popular prints and bawdy tales: a jester, a quarreling couple, peasants, and musicians. Rustic in style and subject matter, they fascinatingly came across as figures both amusing and menacing.

With over fifty works, including textiles, prints, furnishings, and other decorative arts, Rich Man, Poor Man explores why Hamlyn might have been drawn to such imagery. It also highlights how the home, both inside and out, could serve as a form of individual self-expression and a statement of social order.



from March 06, 2023 to August 20, 2023


http://www.metmuseum.org/cloisters/events/ (venue's website)


Suggested Donations: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10, Members and Childeren under 12 Free

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Note:November–February closing 4:45pm


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Phone: 212-923-3700

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