DescriptionThe Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries (South Netherlandish, 1495–1505) on display at The Cloisters are among the most celebrated medieval works in the Museum’s collection. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the seven hangings vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for an elusive, magical unicorn. This exuberant throw and pillow cover set features details adapted from the Unicorn in Captivity, which is set against a millefleurs background: a field of dark green covered with blossoming trees and flowers. More than 80 of the plant species represented in the tapestries have been identified.
Viscose/wool. Borders adapted from the pattern of the unicorn's collar. Dry clean only. Imported.
Throw: 80'' x 57''.
Pillow Cover: Cotton backing. Pillow insert not included. 18'' square.
- Dry clean only
- Throw: 80'' x 57''
- Pillow Cover: Cotton backing. Pillow insert not included. 18'' square
Art HistoryDuring the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the process of tapestry weaving enabled the creation of complex figurative compositions on a large scale. Tapestry hangings on the walls of castles and churches provided decoration and insulation while also displaying the wealth and power of the patrons who commissioned them.