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In a Land of Unicorns: The Cluny Museum Unicorn Tapestries

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0135
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"The Lady with the Unicorn", Cluny Museum Paris

The Lady with the Unicorn tapestries are the most famous treasures of the Cluny Museum in Paris. Created around 1500, these masterpieces celebrate a world in which unicorns—no less than lions, bunny rabbits, or refined ladies—surely exist. Is this the same unicorn pursued through the woods in the Met Cloisters’ unicorn tapestries in New York? Or has the magical beast assumed a different role with a new kind of noble celebrity?

Barbara Drake Boehm, the Paul and Jill Ruddock curator emerita of the Met Cloisters, leads a virtual visit to the Cluny Museum to explore the exceptionally rich imagery, the history—real and imagined—and meaning of the Lady with the Unicorn tapestries.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.