Unraveling “The Unicorn Tapestries” with Danielle Oteri - Context Travel

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.

Danielle Oteri is an expert on Roman, medieval and Renaissance art. She was a Lecturer at the Met Cloisters for fifteen years and has been Program Director of the International Center of Medieval Art since 2008. Danielle has written about art, history, food and travel for Conde Nast Traveler, Gothamist, NPR and Roads & Kingdoms. She is the founder of Feast on History and Arthur Avenue Food Tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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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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While the information was interesting the visuals were sub par. She kept talking about details of various tapestries but there was seldom a close up shot of the area in question. “Look at his face...”, “see the flowers finely woven...”, etc were done with the same static screen shot. With all the discussion of the number of knots involved, not a single close up to demonstrate. The examples I could give of what want there are endless. Please don’t repeat this class until you overhaul the visuals.

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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 12 reviews
83%
(10)
8%
(1)
8%
(1)
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(0)
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V.M.S.
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
C.
Enthusiasm +++

Knowledgeable and fun expert

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A.

While the information was interesting the visuals were sub par. She kept talking about details of various tapestries but there was seldom a close up shot of the area in question. “Look at his face...”, “see the flowers finely woven...”, etc were done with the same static screen shot. With all the discussion of the number of knots involved, not a single close up to demonstrate. The examples I could give of what want there are endless. Please don’t repeat this class until you overhaul the visuals.

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Guest did not leave comment

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