Medieval Art and Architecture

Oh Majestic Unicorn! The Unicorn Tapestries and Other Medieval Art from the Met Cloisters

The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (from the Unicorn Tapestries)
The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (from the Unicorn Tapestries). French and South Netherlandish, 1495-1505. The Met Cloisters, New York. Photo via metmuseum.org (Open Access/Public Domain).

The Unicorn Tapestries are among the most beloved and recognizable works of medieval art. They are frequently reproduced, parodied, used in decorating and cinema, and more. The Unicorn Tapestries reside at the Met Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval collection in Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. After my most recent visit to the Met Cloisters in July 2018, I wrote about the Unicorn Tapestries and some of the Cloisters’ other great medieval treasures for DailyArt Magazine. One of my articles was recently republished. Read them all at the links below.

The Unicorn Tapestries – Allegory of Christ, or a Happy Husband?” Published on DailyArt Magazine on August 10, 2018 & April 9, 2020.

The Complicated Meaning and Mysterious Origin of the Cloisters Cross“. Published on DailyArt Magazine on January 19, 2019.

Painting of the Week – The Merode Altarpiece by Robert Campin“. Published on DailyArt Magazine on July 8, 2018.

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