U is for the Unicorn Tapestries

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A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvibThis is a repost of an article that appeared on ARHtistic License last year.

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Last month I promised I would post about the Unicorn Tapestries that hang in The Cloisters (see my post Cloister Me). They have special meaning for me. I first saw them as a freshman in high school on a field trip. And they figure largely in the mystical fantasy I am writing, about a high school freshman who is uniquely impacted by seeing the Unicorn Tapestries while on a field trip to The Cloisters (any similarities between this character and, um, any living person is strictly a coincidence).

Picture found on http://thinkmuseum.wordpress.com/tag/metropolitan-museum-of-art/ Picture found on http://thinkmuseum.wordpress.com/tag/metropolitan-museum-of-art/

1. The Start of the Hunt 1. The Start of the Hunt

Taken together, the tapestries tell an allegory that would have been familiar to medieval audiences. The story is called The Hunt of the Unicorn as an Allegory of the Passion. It begins with a scene of hunters equipped with spears and dogs.

The second tapestry is called The Unicorn is…

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