Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Stirling Palace Tapestries

The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries
Stirling Palace - Scotland

'The Unicorn at Bay'

The Stirling Palace Tapestries are the result of a unique project.  A series of seven medival tapestries are being re-created, using both centuries-old craftsmanship and new technology.  The original tapestries, which depict the story of The Hunt of the Unicorn, are held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The replicas are being woven by the renowned West Dean Tapestry Studio, both at Stirling Castle
and at West Dean in the south of England. We were fortunate to be able
to see these completed recreations during our tour.
The re-created version of  'The Start of the Hunt', 
the only tapestry in the set that does not feature the unicorn.

The re-created tapestry, 'The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle'.

I took these pictures on our tour of Stirling Castle during our visit to Scotland in June 2009.
They say there are many unanswered questions surrounding the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries,
Historians have debated their origins, their symbolism, and whether they were made together or assembled from two or more sets.

The Unicorn in Captivity

The Stirling Palace Tapestries are being woven as one strand of a project to bring the colour and splendour of the Scottish Renanissance court back to Stirling. 
They are displayed in the Queen's Inner Hall at Stirling Palace.

I wanted to share them with you today. 



Ms. Bake-it said...

How fascinating! It would have been interesting to see them being recreated.

I also love the Nicolaes Berchem painting you have on your sidebar.

Thank you for sharing The Stirling Palace Tapestries with us today!

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

~ Tracy

Jacky LORETTE said...

I have a web site about The Hunt of the Unicorn (The Cloisters in New York) and The Lady with the Unicorn (museum of Cluny in Paris).

There are many, many mysterious things in these tapestries. You’ll see…


And please, write to my friend, Howard Comeau. Thank you.
Sincerely yours. JL.

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