Art & The Unicorn

The Unicorn can be found in art throughout the years and it has come to symbolize many things. The mystical beast is often depicted as a small creature sometimes resembling goats more than horses, with cloven hooves, shaggy hair, beards, and a straight spiraled horn.

The most famous of these pieces is a series of seven large tapestries created near the year 1500 in Belgium. This series is often referred to as “The Hunt for the Unicorn” tapestries. They reflect the mythological hunt for the unicorn, including its discovery and eventual capture. These tapestries are currently on display at the Met-Cloisters museum in New York after being purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1922.

Another set of popular tapestry pieces are known as “The Lady and The Unicorn”. Woven in approximately 1500, in Flanders, they are among the most beautiful art treasures of the world with their medieval style of millefleurs. The tapestries represent the six senses — Hearing, Sight, Touch, Smell, Taste, and Love. These wonderful tapestires can be viewed at the Musée de Cluny in Paris(since 1982).

Unicorn Kiss, Craig Seay Photography, 2008

Sacred Moment, Oil on Canvas by Claudia Connelly, 1998

Cecilia Gonzaga medal: Innocence and Unicorn in Moonlit Landscape by Pisanello, 1447

The Unicorn Is Penned, c. 1495–1505 (The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Tapestry, Maiden with Unicorn, 15th century, (Musée de Cluny, Paris)

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