Art: Metropolitan Museum’s Search for the Unicorn

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The Metropolitan Museum’s Search for the Unicorn — an exhibition in honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary — is coming to a close on Sunday, August 18. Given by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in time for the opening of The Cloisters in 1938, the Unicorn Tapestries are considered masterpieces, but their history and meaning remain elusive. They have been seen both as complicated metaphors for Christ and as emblems of matrimony, and they are beloved as quaint indications of medieval notions about the natural world.

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