Sunday Evening Art Gallery — The Unicorn Tapestries

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.

The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle


Comprised of seven wall hangings, each panel is at least 12 feet high by eight feet wide.

The Mystic Capture of the Unicorn


The unicorn’s world includes over 100 recognizable plants and trees, all flowering at the same time, along with  animals, wild and tame, domestic and exotic: pheasants, rabbits, a lion and his lioness, frogs, dogs and ducks.

The Unicorn in Captivity


The details and beauty of these tapestries have held viewers in fascination throughout time, and hopefully will continue in the future.

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15 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — The Unicorn Tapestries

  1. They look amazing ! And when you see how intricate the patterns are, you just wonder, how did they do this so many centuries ago !!??


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