Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unicorns in Art, Part Two

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1. Petrarch’s The Triumphs, 15th century. Illuminated manuscript by Cristoforo Majorana.

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Like many of last week’s unicorns, this one shows the unicorn as a symbol for chastity. Not just one, but two, unicorns drag the imprisoned Cupid away where he can no longer trouble the dozens of maidens surrounding him.

This manuscript is in the collection of the New York Public Library’s Renaissance and Medieval Manuscript collection.

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