Sunday Evening Art Gallery — The Unicorn Tapestries

Humoring the Goddess

The Unicorn Tapestries, woven between 1495 and 1505, celebrate a world of wonders with the unicorn at its very center.

The Hunters Enter the Woods

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.

The Unicorn is Found

Though these tapestries depict the hunt for this legendary creature, they are also a hymn of praise for Nature and all its abundance.

The Unicorn is Attacked

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 Unicorn Defends Itself

The tapestries were probably woven in Brussels or Liège, which were important centers of the tapestry industry in medieval Europe.


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