The Unicorn Tapestries, woven between 1495 and 1505, celebrate a world of wonders with the unicorn at its very center.
The tapestries were owned for centuries by the La Rochefoucauld family before being purchased by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who donated them to The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, the medieval branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 1937.
Though these tapestries depict the hunt for this legendary creature, they are also a hymn of praise for Nature and all its abundance.
Lavishly woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the seven wall hangings are certainly amongst the most spectacular surviving artworks of the late Middle Ages.
The tapestries were probably woven in Brussels or Liège, which were important centers of the tapestry industry in medieval Europe.
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