The Unicorn Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This book is dedicated to the study of seven tapestries depicting the hunt of the fabled unicorn held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Created in the southern Netherlands in the late 15th/early 16th century, they are excquisite examples of their kind. Adolfo Salvatore Cavallo not only describes what the tapestries depict, but also discusses their origins, who might have commissioned them, the story they depict, the symbolic meaning of the scenes and also the significance of the unicorn in popular ...
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Overview

This book is dedicated to the study of seven tapestries depicting the hunt of the fabled unicorn held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Created in the southern Netherlands in the late 15th/early 16th century, they are excquisite examples of their kind. Adolfo Salvatore Cavallo not only describes what the tapestries depict, but also discusses their origins, who might have commissioned them, the story they depict, the symbolic meaning of the scenes and also the significance of the unicorn in popular culture and religion. Two essays on the flora and fauna of the tapestries are given in appendices.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An appreciation of medieval tapestries might seem to be the province of the refined few, but this elegantly illustrated and clearly written guide to the seven enigmatic unicorn tapestries will surely encourage the contemplation of these masterworks. Delicately hand-woven circa 1500 and now housed at The Cloisters in New York, they depict a series of hunting scenes. Cavallo, a specialist in tapestries, gives a brief history of the work and a clear technical explanation of the weaving process but devotes the bulk of the text to the extensive symbolism-of the unicorn, the floral background, the monograms, and the various human figures-and the various analyses that have been offered. Pitched to the educated lay reader, the book also includes a short list of references for those who wish to pursue alternate theories. Owing to the new interpretations and superb photography, this volume will supplant earlier Metropolitan publications as the definitive text on the unicorn tapestries, for both the general reader and academics initiating research. Recommended.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300106305
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 1/11/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 905,539
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 12.04 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Adolfo Salvatore Cavallo is an independent scholar who formerly worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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