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THE TAPESTRIES AT THE CLOISTERS
(THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART)
Sarah J. Albertini Danielle M. Pastor
is a twentieth century museum designed specifically to display art created
in the Middle Ages. A branch of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Cloisters displays an astounding variety of art, both in scope and
texture. Included in the showcase of Gothic art are two sets of breathtaking
tapestries known as the Unicorn tapestries and the Nine Heroes tapestries.
originally designed to protect medieval rooms from damp and cold weather.
Due to their size and intricacy, tapestries became investments and displays
of wealth and power. Although slightly damaged due to time and mishandling,
the tapestries still express the exquisite beauty and detail originally
information is about the Unicorn and Nine Heroes Tapestries. At the end
of this page are numerous links to web pages pertaining to our work on
the tapestries, medieval history, Fordham University, and information about
where you can buy a tapestry of your own.
World Wide Web Links
To buy your very own tapestry, try:-
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Beer, Rudiger Robert, trans. by Charles M. Stern, Unicorn: Myth
and Reality. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1972.
Cavallo, Adolfo Salvatore, Medieval Tapestries in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993.
Freeman, Margaret B. The Unicorn Tapestries. New York: Metroplitan
Museum of Art. 1956.
Hunter, George Leland. Tapestries: Their Origin, History, and Renaissance.
New York: John Lane Co. 1912.
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow. The Unicorn and Other Poems, 1935-1955.
New York, Pantheon, 1956.
Rorimer, James, J. The Cloisters, 3rd ed., New York The Met
Young, Bonnie. A Walk Through the Cloisters. New York: the met
Site Author: Sarah Albertine and Danielle pastor, Project
for "Introduction to Medieval History", Fordham University, Spring