Great Art: The Unicorn Tapestries

The Unicorn in Captivity
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Medieval art has a special kind of charm. In many ways it is stranger and more complex than the vaunted sculptures and paintings of the Renaissance period, offering a nuanced look into the spiritual and psychological life of those who lived through one of the most transformative and turbulent periods of Western history.

Typically, medieval art is rich in symbolism, and the Unicorn Tapestries (housed in…