Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Unicorn Tapestries


Some of my favorite medieval art images come from the famous Unicorn Tapestries.
It is thought that they were created in the southern area of The Netherlands between 1495 and 1505. They were owned by the La Rochefoucauld family of France for several centuries until they were purchased by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1922 for around a million dollars (what a bargain). For a few years now I have wanted to visit The Cloisters in Manhattan, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that houses their medieval art collection. The Unicorn Tapestries hang in The Cloisters so I really do need to get myself up there one of these day soon!

If you're a fan of the Harry Potter movies series, you've probably recognized several unicorn tapestries hanging in the Gryffindor common room. I felt inspired to create a welcome sign this week for anyone like me who enjoys things a bit magical and medieval! If you're interested, my original, hand painted plaque is currently for sale on Ebay.

9 comments:

Colleen Mulrooney said...

This is beautiful! The colours are perfect too. Thanks for sharing the unicorn info - interesting!

Kathleen Coy said...

The tapestry and your painting conjure up pleasant thoughts of The Last Unicorn... :-)

Jennifer Rose said...

the welcome sign looks great :D all the little flowers are wonderful. I so much prefer unicorns that look like that. Just enough to look like a horse but different enough so that we know they are mystical.

Campbell Jane said...

Really beautiful! I love medival art!

lucky kachina dancer said...

Beautiful! I love unicorns. I even have a large tattoo of one on my arm.

Izile said...

I've always loved the Unicorn Tapestries (Despite their somewhat grusome portrayals), and I love your rendition! Absolutely Beautiful!!

Bonnie Story said...

Beautiful piece. Your lettering is SO good, gotta mention that. I'd love to see a few shots of your work along the way, as you start and finish it, to get a sense of how you create a wonderful piece like this. I love the unicorn's tail! Bonnie

WillOaks Studio said...

Your unicorn welcome plaque is just beautiful, Jennifer!! I love the way the flowers remind me of the tapestry, but the detail in the unicorn is exquisite...wonderful piece!

DeLaRenaissance said...

Jen, your Unicorn Welcome plaque is gorgeous!

I love the tapestry you pictured as well! So much so, that I have a reproduction of that very same one hanging in my medieval style living room!