The Unicorn Tapestries

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Digital resource

The web site displays many images of the tapestry, along with history and commentary.

"The Unicorn Tapestries are among the most popular attractions at The Cloisters, which houses part of the Metropolitan Museum's splendid collection from medieval Europe. Little is known about their early history, though the seven hangings are thought to have been designed in Paris and woven in Brussels (then part of the Netherlands) between 14951505, and might have originally come from several sets. They are among the most beautiful and complex works of art to survive from the Middle Ages. Traditionally known as The Hunt of the Unicorn, these tapestries were woven in wool, metallic threads, and silk, and include the depiction of 101 species of plants, of which over 85 have been identified. The vibrant colors still evident today were produced with three dye plants: weld (yellow), madder (red), and woad (blue). " - web site

Language: English


Last update December 6, 2021