The Captive Unicorn tapestry -Metropolitan Cloisters

The Captive Unicorn tapestry

$95.00$230.00

The Captive Unicorn tapestry is woven in two sizes: 26″x19″ US$95, 39″x29″ US$230

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Tapestry Description

The Captive Unicorn tapestry

Metropolitan Cloisters

The Captive Unicorn tapestry is the last scene in the series of medieval tapestries The Hunt of the Unicorn possibly commissioned for the wedding of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany in 1491 (the A and reversed E might refer to Anne). The seven Unicorn Tapestries were woven between 1495 and 1505 in Brussels in wool and silk with gilt and silver threads with three plants used for the dyes: woad for blue, madder for red, and weld for yellow. The Captive Unicorn tapestry shows the elusive unicorn in a setting full of symbols expressing purity and fertility, Christian and human love. The unicorn (representing purity) is attached by a golden chain to a pomegranate tree (fertility). The mille fleurs background has many plants with symbolic or medical characteristics. Today it is exhibited at the Metropolitan Cloisters in New York.

This version of the Captive Unicorn tapestry is woven in France in 80% cotton and 20% cotton. It is lined, with a rod pocket for easy wall-hanging. The same tapestry is also available with a blue border.

Please note that the above image shows the larger size – the background being a dark blue. The smaller size has a slightly lighter colour.