2013/8/8

Search for the Unicorn:紐約大都會博物館「尋找獨角獸」特展

1. The Unicorn in Captivity.jpg
The Unicorn in Captivity
South Netherlandish, ca. 1495–1505 

原刊登於La Vie設計雜誌Jul. 2013, photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

大都會博物館的Cloiser分館園區,特別為歐洲中世紀藝術及建築而設立,為慶祝成立75週年,特別舉辦「尋找獨角獸」展覽。

網羅從中世紀到文藝復興時期以獨角獸為主題的藝術品,大都會博物館共有四十多件相關館藏,包過最廣為人知的七件中世紀獨角獸掛毯,另外還有其他博物館與私人藏家借調來的珍貴收藏,例如從Morgan博物館借展的珍貴十二世紀英國手抄本。從中世紀開始的獨角獸傳說,讓歐洲騎士與少女的愛情故事更添神秘色彩,由此衍生的創作與對後世的影響深遠,由此難得的「尋找獨角獸」展覽可一窺歷史傳承脈絡。

2. A Maiden Taming a Unicorn (detail).jpg
A Maiden Taming a Unicorn, from the Worksop Bestiary
English, possibly Lincoln or York, ca. 1185
4. Shahnama.jpg
Iskandar Kills the Monster of Habash, folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)
Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (Persian, 935–1020)
Persian, Northwestern Iran or Baghdad, ca. 1300–
5. Aquamanile.jpg
Unicorn Aquamanile
German, Nuremberg, ca. 1425–50

8. Birth tray.jpg
Birth Tray with the Triumph of Chastity
Workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso (Italian, ca. 1416–1465)
Italian, Florence, ca. 1450–60
11. Peregrinatio.jpg  
Animals of the Holy Land, from Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (Pilgrimage to the
Holy Land)
Written by Bernhard von Breydenbach (German, 1440–1497); woodcuts by Erhard
Reuwich (Netherlandish, active 1480s)
Printed in Mainz, 1486

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