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The Unicorn Tapestries
Date: 1495–1505
Culture: South Netherlandish
Medium: Wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts
Dimensions: Overall: 145 x 149in. (368.3x378.5cm)
Classification: Textiles 

“The Unicorn Tapestries, as the group of seven is known, were probably designed in Paris but woven in Brussels. They are first documented in 1680, when they hung in the Paris home of François VI de La Rochefoucauld. By 1728 five of them decorated a bedroom at the family’s château in Verteuil, in western France. The tapestries were looted during the French Revolution but were recovered in the 1850s; by 1856 they had been restored and rehung in the château’s salon. No documentation sheds light on the early history of the tapestries, including either their commission or sequence of hanging. Striking differences in dimension and composition have prompted scholars to question whether the hangings constitute one set or are, in fact, from multiple sets.”

via: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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