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THE TAPESTRIES AT THE CLOISTERS
(THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART)
By:
Sarah J. Albertini Danielle M. Pastor
(Albertini@Murray.Fordham.edu) (Pastor@Murray.Fordham.edu) 



The Cloisters 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. 

Tapestries were 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 woven. 

The following 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:- 
Bibliography 
  • 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 1963. 
  • Young, Bonnie. A Walk Through the Cloisters. New York: the met 1988. 
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Site Author: Sarah Albertine and Danielle pastor, Project for "Introduction to Medieval History", Fordham University, Spring 1997