The Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Yale University
This book is dedicated to the study of seven tapestries depicting the hunt of the fabled unicorn held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Created in the southern Netherlands in the late 15th/early 16th century, they are excquisite examples of their kind. Adolfo Salvatore Cavallo not only describes what the tapestries depict, but also discusses their origins, who might have commissioned them, the story they depict, the symbolic meaning of the scenes and also the significance of the unicorn in popular culture and religion. Two essays on the flora and fauna of the tapestries are given in appendices.

David Brown Book Co
This book is dedicated to the study of seven tapestries depicting the hunt of the fabled unicorn held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Created in the southern Netherlands in the late 15th/early 16th century, they are excquisite examples of their kind.

The unicorn tapestries are one of the most popular attractions at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Traditionally known as The Hunt of the Unicorn, this set of seven exquisite and enigmatic tapestries was likely completed between 1495 and 1505. The imaginatively conceived scenes—displaying individualized faces of the hunters and naturalistically depicting the flora and fauna of the landscape—are beautifully captured in silk, wool, and metal yarns.

Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on medieval textiles and illustrated with many lovely color reproductions, The Unicorn Tapestries traces the origins of the tapestries as well as possible interpretations of their symbolic meaning. This is an essential book for any lover of medieval art and textiles.



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A reprint of the 1998 hardcover edition, this affordable paperback presents the story of the tapestries, with details of their creation, conservation, symbols and meaning, accompanied by many good quality color photos. There is a short bibliography, but no index. Distributed by Yale U. Press. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780300106305
0300106300
Branch Call Number: 746.3944 CAVAL
Characteristics: 128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm

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