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Search for the Unicorn
The Unicorn Defends Itself (from the Unicorn Tapestries), 1495–1505. For more than two millennia an irrepressible belief in the elusive one-horned creature, possessed of magical powers & spiraling horns enthralls us all. Stories embellished over the centuries and across the globe provided salient details about the unicorn's nature and habitat - bringing this elegant creature to life.
Designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlandish, 1502–1550). Story of Creation: God Accuses Adam and Eve after the Fall tapestry, ca. 1548. Woven under the direction of Jan de Kempeneer (Netherlandish, active 1540–56) and Frans Ghieteels (Netherlandish, active ca. 1545–after 1581), by 1551. Palazzo Pitti | This work will be featured in "Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry," on view October 8, 2014–January 11, 2015. #Coecke #tapestrytuesday
The Metropolitan Museum of Art