Gallery 017 - Unicorn Tapestries Room (The Cloisters)
Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
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Seven world-famous tapestries depicting The Hunt of the Unicorn adorn this gallery. Against a landscape richly woven with lush flora and fauna, the mythical beast, possessed of magic powers, tries in vain to escape the men and dogs that pursue him. A large fireplace evokes the kind of aristocratic setting in which these tapestries, first recorded in Paris in 1680, originally would have been situated.