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The Unicorn Crosses a Stream (from the Unicorn Tapestries) RE725312

The Unicorn Crosses a Stream (from the Unicorn Tapestries) RE725312

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"The Unicorn Crosses a Stream," a captivating installment from the Unicorn Tapestries, combines French design with South Netherlandish weaving techniques to depict a scene filled with drama and symbolism. Created between 1495–1505, this tapestry is currently displayed at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 17, where it continues to captivate viewers with its portrayal of myth and action.

According to tradition, the unicorn cannot be disturbed while performing a magical act, setting the stage for the chaos and commotion depicted in this scene. The ferocity of the hunt is palpable, conveyed through the converging lances aimed at the majestic creature, the sounding of hunting horns, and the menacing presence of hunting hounds. Already wounded on its back, the unicorn leaps across a stream in a desperate attempt to evade its encircling enemies.

The use of hounds in the hunt, a common practice in medieval stag hunts, adds to the sense of urgency and danger. The backdrop of palatial buildings further suggests the aristocratic nature of the hunt, highlighting the social and cultural significance of such pursuits in medieval society.

Unlike other tapestries in the series, which feature more fantastical settings, "The Unicorn Crosses a Stream" is set in a realistic landscape that enhances the drama and tension of the hunt. Through its meticulous craftsmanship and evocative imagery, this tapestry invites viewers to immerse themselves in the thrilling narrative of the unicorn hunt, where myth and reality converge in a timeless tale of bravery and pursuit.

The Unicorn Crosses a Stream (from the Unicorn Tapestries) RE725312

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