Unraveling “The Unicorn Tapestries” with Danielle Oteri

Unraveling “The Unicorn Tapestries” with Danielle Oteri


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To keep safe from the plague, medieval doctors said windows must be shut and covered to block any drafts of air carrying the deadly miasma. Wealthy aristocrats commissioned thick tapestries to protect from the outside and project a rich fantasy world to those gazing upon them from the inside. The industry of tapestry production grew rapidly following the Black Death of 1348 and reached a high point around 1500 with “The Unicorn Tapestries”, a set of seven weavings described as “the greatest inheritance of the Middle Ages.
They are among the most intricate, beautiful and complex works of art from the last Middle Ages that have survived. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with gilded silver threads, the tapestries vividly portray scenes associated with a hunt for a magical yet elusive unicorn. This conversation will introduce these seven tapestries, placing the artworks in historical context and commenting on the stories that are seen within the complicated threads.
Led by Danielle Oteri, an expert on art, food and history of Southern Italy, this interactive seminar will educate listeners to this unusual and intriguing topic. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will see each one of the seven Unicorn Tapestries in detail and hear the many stories about their mysterious origins.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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D.B. (Philadelphia, US)
Fascinating!

I did not know anything about these tapestries going in but Danielle did a great job of explaining their history and the theories surrounding them. They are indeed quite mysterious. I now plan to go visit them in NYC to see them in person and this talk provided great context for an in-person visit.

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Vera Manzi- Schacht (Queens, US)
Unraveling the Unicorn Tapestries

Ms Oteri brought out fascinating information from her dedicated research on the Unicorn Tapestries , especially the techniques of the weaving.

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Chuck (Palm Springs, US)
Enthusiasm +++

Knowledgeable and fun expert

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Ira

My group of friends enjoy traveling and learning about many cultures and art and have enjoyed (upon my recommendation) many of your "classes."

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
79%
(11)
7%
(1)
14%
(2)
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(0)
0%
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D.B. (Philadelphia, US)
Fascinating!

I did not know anything about these tapestries going in but Danielle did a great job of explaining their history and the theories surrounding them. They are indeed quite mysterious. I now plan to go visit them in NYC to see them in person and this talk provided great context for an in-person visit.

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Vera Manzi- Schacht (Queens, US)
Unraveling the Unicorn Tapestries

Ms Oteri brought out fascinating information from her dedicated research on the Unicorn Tapestries , especially the techniques of the weaving.

C
Chuck (Palm Springs, US)
Enthusiasm +++

Knowledgeable and fun expert

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Ira

My group of friends enjoy traveling and learning about many cultures and art and have enjoyed (upon my recommendation) many of your "classes."